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The 4 Best Employers of Record in Spain

July 14, 2023

Spain is fast becoming a hotspot for global talent thanks to its education system — which ranks 35th in the world — and the recent introduction of the digital nomad visa, designed to attract remote workers and startups to the land of sun, sea, and sangria. 

Hiring in Spain is an attractive option for employers looking to expand their global workforce. However, it’s essential to ensure compliance with Spain’s comprehensive employment laws, which protect and regulate employment contracts for Spanish employees. Many companies find that the best way to do this is by partnering with an Employer of Record (EOR) in Spain. 

An EOR acts as the legal employer for your team members in Spain, compliantly managing contracts and handling issues such as income tax, social security contributions, payroll taxes, and employee benefits. Additionally, they navigate the complexities of Spain’s collective bargaining agreements (the “convenio colectivo”) and ensure adherence to ever-changing regulations. 

This article will walk you through five of the best employer of record services for hiring in Spain so you can decide which is best for your business.

1. Remofirst

Remofirst partners with a local entity in Spain to provide HR services to Spanish employees of global companies. Working with a local partner with over 15 years of experience allows us to draw on their expertise and knowledge of local regulations to ensure compliance with Spanish labor laws. 

It also enables us to offer some of the most competitive EOR pricing around — starting at just $199/month/person for employees and $19/month/person for contractors.

Remofirst’s user-friendly dashboard makes it easy to manage full-time employees or global contractors in Spain in one place and pay them in euros (EUR) while aggregating invoices for all your international employees into a single payment in your currency of operation. 

Additionally, Remofirst offers:

  • Benefits management, including personalized international private medical insurance via RemoHealth, equity plans, bonuses, commissions, and time-off management.
  • Equipment provisioning for employees in Spain — including laptops, monitors, and office equipment — at no extra cost to the employer.
  • Services for handling formal HR procedures and employment contracts that adhere to local Spanish laws.
  • Employee support with obtaining visas, work permits, and other immigration documentation to work in Spain.
  • Legal experts and HR professionals to ensure ongoing compliance with Spanish local laws and tax systems. All compliance documentation is available through the dashboard for ease of access.
  • Same-day onboarding and compliant background checks.
  • 24/7 chat support, plus a dedicated account manager

2. Deel

Like Remofirst, Deel works with a network of local partners to hire full-time employees and independent contractors in Spain. This allows them to work with local legal experts responsible for generating compliant contracts and keeping track of regulatory changes. Deel also provides contract management services that allow for advanced customizations such as stipends, signing bonuses, and stock options.

However, Deel’s services are significantly more expensive than Remofirst’s, starting at $599/person/month for employees and $49/person/month for contractors. Therefore, it may not be the best option for small businesses, early-stage startups, or companies on a tight budget.

Deel offers:

  • Payroll management and expense tracking. Clients can fund their accounts in 23 currencies and pay their Spanish employees in euros.
  • Benefits management, including health insurance, equity, and equipment provisioning.
  • 20+ integrations and Slack plugins that help teams stay engaged.
  • Immigration and visa sponsorship services in Spain.
  • 5-day onboarding in Spain (on average) and compliant background checks.
  • 24/7 live chat support.

3. Remote

Remote offers EOR services that allow companies to onboard, pay, and manage employees and contractors in Spain. Prices start at $599/person/month for employees and $29/person/month for contractors.

Remote provides: 

  • Payroll processing and expense management for employees and contractors. Clients can fund their accounts in 12 different currencies.
  • Intellectual property and invention rights protection.
  • Employee benefits, including bonuses, healthcare, pensions, PTO and sick leave, life insurance, stock options, and time off management.
  • Compliance with local labor laws and regulations. Remote works with in-house experts, as they own all the entities they use to provide EOR services in Spain.
  • Integrations with HR tools and software.
  • A four-day onboarding process.
  • Employee relocation services for team members who want to move to Spain.
  • 24/7 live chat, a help center, email support, and a dedicated account manager for enterprise clients.

4. Oyster

Oyster offers hybrid EOR services, operating as both a global employment consulting firm and an EOR service provider, with prices starting at $499/person/month for employees and $29/person/month for contractors.

Oyster provides:

  • Payroll management, including currency conversions and expense reimbursements. Clients can fund their accounts in 23 currencies and pay new hires in Spain in euros.
  • Benefits management, including health benefits, equity, and time off.
  • Compliance assurance with a dedicated legal team.
  • Onboarding services that take one to two days.
  • Integrations with HR and accounting tools.
  • Email support, a help center, and FAQs.

Compliant and Cost-Effective Hiring in Spain

An EOR can take the hassle out of global hiring, reduce the risks associated with non-compliance, and handle everything from global payroll to health insurance. 

Remofirst offers EOR services in Spain at competitive prices through our network of local partners. If you’re looking to expand your global operations to Spain, we can help you do so with quick and seamless employee onboarding and management. 

Book a demo with our team of global hiring experts to find out more.