Spain is a country located in the Iberian Peninsula in western Europe, bordered by Gibraltar, France, Andorra, and Portugal. Spain is the world’s 2nd-most visited country, and Spanish art, music, literature, and cuisine have been influential worldwide (as well as its coffee). Spain is a developed country with a high-income average and advanced economy, and its healthcare system is renown for its quality and efficiency. At the end of 2022, Spain launched a digital nomad visa program.
Indefinite only; fixed-term contracts are only to be used for special justified situations (such as maternity cover).
The standard working hours in Spain are 40 hours per week.
Overtime should be reduced to a minimum in Spain. However, if there is a solid cause for the overtime, such as a rise in workload, employees are entitled to an equivalent number of paid hours off to the amount of extra worked. These paid hours off must be used within the same calendar year.
The minimum wage in Spain is 1,260 EUR per month.
The maximum probation period is 6 months. During probation, there is no notice period.
Employees are subject to income tax, which varies due to several aspects of their personal situation. For information on personal income taxes, see here. Employees must additionally make a social security contribution of 6.45% of their gross salary.
Employers must make contributions to social security of 31.9% of the employee’s gross salary, which covers the following:
The employer must also provide or negotiate by law:
The statutory minimum number of annual leave days in Spain is 23 days per year.
Employees are entitled to sick leave, with the following rules on pay depending on the length of leave:
From the 30th day onwards, temporary disability benefits kick in, and the employer must supplement these up to 100% of the employee’s salary for a maximum of 12 months.
Pregnant employees are entitled to 16 weeks of maternity leave in Spain, of which at least 6 weeks must be taken after the birth. Employees will receive benefits from social security while on maternity leave, usually equal to 100% of the average wages.
Fathers are also entitled to 16 weeks of paid paternity leave paid by social security, and both parents in same-sex couples are entitled to paid leave.
Employees will receive the following amount of paid leave in the following situations:
There are 14 public holidays in 2023 for Spain, though these vary according to the region; see here for a list.
Employers in Spain can typically offer the following benefits:
During probation, there is no notice period. After probation, the minimum notice period is 15 days for both employer and employee.
Pay in lieu of notice is possible.
Employees are entitled to a payment of 33 days of the monthly wage for each year of service, which should be paid in the final salary. Any unused vacation days should be paid in the final salary.
It’s mandatory for employers to give out 13th-month and 14th-month salary bonuses each year, both equal to 1 month of pay. These are normally paid out in July and December.
★ 31.9% - Social Security (health, pension, unemployment, etc)
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