Remote’s guide to employing in Spain.
Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Galician
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Spain (Spanish: España), officially the Kingdom of Spain (Spanish: Reino de España), is a country in Southwestern Europe with some pockets of territory across the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. Spain is a secular parliamentary democracy and a parliamentary monarchy, with King Felipe VI as head of state. It is a major developed country and a high income country, with the world's fourteenth-largest economy by nominal GDP and the sixteenth-largest by PPP.
Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Galician
47,329,981 (2020 est.)
Ease of doing business
Cost of living index
$$$ (44 of 139 nations)
VAT - standard rate
GDP - real growth rate
2.582% (2018 est.)
Employing in Spain requires employers to own a legal entity in the country and manage payroll, tax, benefits and compliance through their own in-country resources. The complexity of employment regulations in Spain makes full compliance with employment laws a burdensome process.
Through Remote’s Global Employer of Record solution, your team is employed by our local legal entities in each country, and we take care of payroll, tax, benefits and compliance so you can focus on what matters most -- your people.
Employment law in Spain is not contained under a single law. Instead it is governed by statutory regulations codified in (among other laws) the Spanish Civil Code and the Spanish Workers' Statute. The Spanish Workers' Statute regulates legal and regulatory of Spain, the will of parties intended in employment contracts, local and professional customs and practices as well as collective bargaining agreements.
Spanish employment law provides strong labor conditions and protections for employees, so employing people will generally be an important investment and commitment.
Temporary agencies are popular options for more flexible workforce arrangements. For these and many other reasons, the following are only guidelines in the broadest sense, and professional legal services are recommended when employing in Spain.
|Saturday, January 1, 2022||New Year's Day||National Holiday|
|Thursday, January 6, 2022||Epiphany||National Holiday; except in Basque Country and La Rioja|
|Saturday, January 22, 2022||San Vicente Mártir||Local Holiday in Valencia city|
|Monday, February 28, 2022||Day of Andalusia||Local Holiday in Andalusia|
|Tuesday, March 1, 2022||Day of the Balearic Islands||Local Holiday in the Balearic Islands|
|Saturday, March 19, 2022||San José||Local Holiday in Extremadura and Madrid|
|Thursday, April 14, 2022||Holy Thursday||National Holiday; except in Catalonia. Since it is on Thursday, employees are allowed to take this Holiday in another date.|
|Friday, April 15, 2022||Good Friday||National Holiday|
|Monday, April 18, 2022||Easter Monday/Lunes de Pascua||Local Holiday in Balearic Islands, Basque Country, Catalonia, La Rioja, Navarre, and Valencia|
|Saturday, April 23, 2022||Saint George’s Day||Local Holiday in Catalonia (Observed, but not an official holiday)|
|Saturday, April 23, 2022||Eastere Mon||Local Holiday in Castile-Leon and Aragon|
|Monday, May 2, 2022||Labor Day||National. Observed, but not an official holiday. Originally on May 1st.|
|Monday, May 2, 2022||Day of Madrid||Local Holiday in Madrid|
|Monday, May 16, 2022||Saint Isidro||Official holiday in the city of Madrid|
|Tuesday, May 17, 2022||Galician Literature Day||Local Holiday in Galicia|
|Monday, May 30, 2022||Day of the Canary Islands||Local Holiday in the Canary Islands|
|Tuesday, May 31, 2022||Day of Castilla||Local Holiday in Castilla-La Mancha|
|Monday, June 6, 2022||Whit Monday/Pentecost||Local Holiday in Catalonia|
|Thursday, June 9, 2022||Day of Murcia/Day of La Rioja||Local Holiday in Murcia and La Rioja|
|Monday, June 13, 2022||San Antonio||Observed, but not an official holiday in Ceuta|
|Thursday, June 16, 2022||Corpus Christi||Local Holiday in Castilla-La Mancha|
|Friday, June 24, 2022||Saint John the Baptist Day||Local Holiday in Catalonia, Galicia, and Valencia|
|Sunday, July 10, 2022||Eid al-Adha||Local Holiday in Ceuta and Melilla|
|Monday, July 25, 2022||Day of Galicia||Local Holiday in Galicia|
|Monday, July 25, 2022||St James’ Day||Local Holiday in Madrid, Basque Country, and Navarre|
|Thursday, July 28, 2022||Cantabrian Institutions Day||Local Holiday in Cantabria|
|Friday, August 5, 2022||The Day of Our Lady of Africa||Local Holiday in Ceuta|
|Monday, August 15, 2022||Assumption of Mary||National Holiday|
|Friday, September 2, 2022||Day of Ceuta||Local Holiday in Ceuta|
|Thursday, September 8, 2022||Day of Asturias/Day of Extremadura||Local Holiday in Asturias, Extremadura|
|Sunday, September 11, 2022||Day of Catalonia||Local Holiday in Catalonia|
|Thursday, September 15, 2022||Day of the Bien Aparecida||Local Holiday in Cantabria|
|Saturday, September 17, 2022||Day of Melilla||Local Holiday in Melilla|
|Saturday, September 24, 2022||Virgin of Mercy/La Mercé||Local Holiday in Barcelona city|
|Sunday, October 9, 2022||Day of Valencia||Local Holiday in Valencia|
|Wednesday, October 12, 2022||Spanish National Day||National Holiday|
|Tuesday, November 1, 2022||All Saints' Day||National Holiday|
|Wednesday, November 9, 2022||La Almudena||Observed, but not an official holiday in the city of Madrid|
|Saturday, December 3, 2022||Day of Navarre||Local Holiday in Navarre|
|Tuesday, December 6, 2022||Constitution Day Holiday||National Holiday|
|Thursday, December 8, 2022||Immaculate Conception||National Holiday|
|Sunday, December 25, 2022||Christmas Day||National. Observed, but not an official holiday.|
|Monday, December 26, 2022||Saint Stephen’s Day||Local Holiday in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands|
|Monday, December 26, 2022||Christmas Holiday||National. Observed, but not an official holiday.|
€1,125.80 per month in 12 payments.
For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly installments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.
In Spain, it is also mandatory to make 14 salary payments: 12 months of work and 2 additional allowances (a holiday payment and a Christmas payment). Remote allows the employee to choose whether they would like to be paid in either 12 or 14 allotments:
It is customary that 12 payments are chosen in Spain, however, both payment options are possible. Remote allows the employee to change this once per year.
At Remote, Spanish employees will be paid 13th and 14th extra payments between the 15th and 20th of July and December.
Note that Spanish labor law allows the employer to decide how these extra payments should be paid.
We can help you get a new employee started in Spain fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 7 working days.
Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.
For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.
Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.
Remote supports our clients by offering competitive benefits packages that will help you attract and retain the best talent across the globe! Our benefits specialists have done the research on norms and requirements in each local market and have crafted packages that will allow your employees to thrive, no matter what country they live in.
Our benefits packages in Spain are tailored to fulfil the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:
Our core benefits (which often include things like healthcare) are required in most countries where we hire. Because Remote is the employer of record, it’s important for us to offer the same core benefits to all employees in a country to ensure fair equity and non-discriminatory hiring practices, which protects your business and ours. Note that we do not add a markup on any benefits premiums or administration costs.
If you'd like specific information about our benefits packages in Spain, start onboarding your first employee with Remote today.
For more insight into fair equity and benefits best practices, download our Global Benefits Guide and share with the rest of your hiring team.
Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Spain.
Employer Social Security contributions are capped monthly on a base of EUR 4139.40
23.60% - Common Contingencies
5.5% - Unemployment for permanent employees (or 6.70% for temporary employees)
1.65% - Occupational accident and professional disease contribution
0.6% - Professional Training
0.2% - Wage Guarantee Fund
6.35% - Social Security
1.55% - Unemployment
0.1% - Professional Training
19% - Up to 12,450
24% - 12,451 - 20,200
30% - 20,201 - 35,200
37% - 35,201 - 60,000
45% - Above 60,000
All full-time workers are legally entitled to 23 days paid holiday leave a year. In addition, full-time workers have 14 paid public holidays a year.
Maternity leave is 16 weeks for Spanish employees. At least six uninterrupted weeks must be taken immediately following the birth. Four of these weeks can be taken leading up to the birth. During the maternity period, workers are not paid a salary but instead a maternity benefit. This contribution is paid directly from the Social Security Administration to the employee. Women have the right to one hour of absence from work each day to breastfeed an infant of less than nine months. The employee can also choose to accumulate these hours, and take off 15 consecutive natural days after the maternity leave instead.
In Spain, 16 weeks of paternity leave is also available. The first six weeks have to be taken immediately without interruption (starting on the day of birth of the child). The other 10 weeks must be taken before the child is one year old. This leave must be taken in batches of one week as a minimum, but the weeks can be split over time if desired. The employee receives 100% pay during this time (as long as payment does not exceed 4070.10 EUR). The father is also entitled to take unpaid childcare leave until the child is three years old.
Parents can take an additional breastfeeding leave after parental leave. This breastfeeding leave can be enjoyed in two ways:
The breastfeeding leave is considered as working time, meaning that the employee doesn't receive anything from Social Security and is paid by the company at 100%.
Spanish employers in general can provide any fair reasons for termination of an employee. Any dismissal from the end of the employer for an employee that has been employed longer than six months has to be "socially justified" by the following:
The statutory notice period for an employer depends on the reason for dismissal and the collective bargaining agreement the employment contract is subject to. For dismissals due to economic factors related to production, the organisation of work, the proper functioning of the business and structural, the company has to provide 15 days prior notice. Employees are generally required to provide 2-3 weeks of prior notice when resigning, depending on the collective bargaining agreements.
The establishment of a probationary period is not mandatory under Spanish labor legislation. The applicable CBA includes the maximum probationary periods to be agreed with the employees. It is feasible that for the same professional category, you agree different probationary periods with employees if there is justified reason (as a matter of example: experience, training, languages, etc.) and provided that you respect the probationary periods limits established in the CBA.
Depending on your employee's situation, we may be able to sponsor their visa application. Talk with our team today.
If Remote visa sponsorship isn't the best route for your employee, below are other possible visas they could apply for. We can also help with the visa application process.
These visa options should not be considered legal advice and are subject to change. The estimated time will vary per case.
This is the process for temporary residence authorisation for intra-company transfers (ICT), according to the Entrepreneurs’ Law. Note that this route may only be used if the applicant does not qualify for the Intra-Company Transfer Permit (EU Directive 2014/66), e.g. is a service provider or will be in Spain for more than three years. This process describes application procedures for obtaining residence authorisation from within Spain.
Time until employee can start work: 1 to 4 months
This is the process for temporary residence authorization for highly qualified employees (local hires and self-employed applicants) according to the Entrepreneurs’ Law. This process describes application procedures for obtaining temporary residence authorisation from within Spain, holding a visitor status within the country; however note that this is also possible with a different legal immigration status (resident/student). It is also possible to obtain temporary residence authorization from outside Spain and then enter with a long-term type D visa.
Time until employee can start work: 1 to 5 months
Time until employee can start work: 2 to 5 months
This is the process for temporary residence authorisation for Highly Qualified employees (local hires and self-employed applicants) according to the Entrepreneurs’ Law. Note that it is possible to obtain residence authorisation from within Spain, as long as the applicant holds a legal immigration status (visitor/resident) within Spain.
Time until employee can start work: 2 to 8 months
A type of visa or work permit available to non-EEA/EFTA citizens employed by and working for a company in an EU/EEA/EFTA country, that allows them to work for that company in another EEA/EFTA member state, subject to meeting certain eligibility conditions.
Time until employee can start work: 2 to 6 months
This immigration process is for non-EU nationals employed in Madrid. This route should be followed when the company/employee assigned to Madrid does not meet the criteria for the Unidad de Grandes Empresas (UGE) routes, and so the work permit has to be processed through the local immigration office (Delegación del Gobierno).
Time until employee can start work: 4 to 10 months
This process is the temporary residence authorisation for intra-company transfers (ICT) according to Directive 2014/66/EU. It is only applicable to assignees sent to Spain for over 90 days from outside the EU and has a maximum total duration of stay of three years. It is important to note that if an applicant meets the qualifying criteria for this process, they may not apply under an alternative route (i.e. may not use the Intra-Company Transfer Entrepreneur's Law route). This process describes application procedures when the applicant is residing outside Spain; however note that it is possible to obtain residence authorisation from within Spain, as long as the applicant holds a legal immigration status (visitor/resident) within Spain.
Time until employee can start work: 2 to 5 months
This process is the temporary residence authorisation for intra-company transfers (ICT), according to Directive 2014/66/EU. It is only applicable to assignees sent to Spain for over 90 days from outside the EU and has a maximum total duration of stay of three years. It is important to note that if an applicant meets the qualifying criteria for this process, they may not apply under an alternative route (i.e. may not use the Intra-Company Transfer Entrepreneurs' Law route). This process describes application procedures for obtaining residence authorization from within Spain.
Time until employee can start work: 1 to 4 months
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Spain has a tax treaty with Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, States of the former USSR (except Russia), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
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