The International HR & Payroll Company
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IRIS Global Workforce Management will simplify Spanish payroll and HR. As a globally recognized, payroll and HR specialist, operating 88 in-country teams, we help ensure your international employees are taken care of.

Navigating global payroll and HR in Spain can become complicated without expert guidance. As compliance is always a top priority for businesses, we can support you during a global expansion. With all the differing laws, cultures and regulations, businesses can become overwhelmed. Fortunately, our experts will support you. We offer:  

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    Spanish Payroll 

    We eliminate  any obstacles associated with global payroll and manage everything for you – this covers pay to benefits, and more. Through our payroll support, your growing workforce will never miss a payment.

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    Spanish HR 

    With the deployment of our HR services, we’ll support your global employees and help your business thrive, regardless of compliance challenges.

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    Spanish Employment Law Compliance

    Quickly onboard new talent with minimal disruptions. As an in-country specialist, we can help with contracts, policies, handbooks and more.

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    Global Payments Services

    We are able to provide compliant, global payment services for all kinds of businesses. We make your cross-border transfers cost-effective.  

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    Location Data

    Spain FlagSpain
    Europe (Southern Europe)
    Calling Code
    UTC, UTC+01:00
    Timezone in Capital
    (europe/madrid) 6:43 AM
    Euro (EUR)
    $1 = €0.92
    Main Language
    Other Business Languages
    Spanish, English
    Tax Year Start
    1st January
    Tax Year Start
    31st December

    Details correct at time of publication. You should not rely on these details without first seeking professional international advice.

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    We support businesses in 135 countries worldwide to reach their expansion goals.

    Global Expansion in Spain

    With its highly developed economy, (the 5th largest in the EU and one of the fastest growing in the eurozone), financially, Spain is an attractive location to expand your business to. Not only this, English is a generally accepted business language, making negotiations and meetings a breeze. Despite it seemingly being the perfect location for expansion, there are a few things to consider before taking the plunge.

    Complex and differing tax rates across the 17 different regions can cause a bit of a payroll headache, as well as understanding Spanish legislation and making sure your business’s payroll and HR remains compliant. Luckily, IRIS can help.

    Employer Must-Dos

    In Spain, the following reports must be submitted to strict deadlines:

    • VAT Returns
    • Recapitulative statement (if applicable)
    • Intrastat statement (if applicable)
    • Corporate income tax return
    • Withholding tax returns

    HR in Spain

    What are the regular working hours in Spain?

    Typically, in Spain, the regular working hours span from 9.00 to 13.30 and then 17.00 – 20.00, adding up to a 40 hour week. Siestas (3 hour afternoon breaks) are still a major part of working life in Spain, particularly in rural areas. However, it is worth noting they are declining in city based businesses.


    When it comes to termination in Spain, employees’ rights are some of the most protected in the EU. Employees must be given at least 15 days notice if they are dismissed on objective grounds. If employees are dismissed due to disciplinary reasons, employers do not need to give notice.

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    Payroll in Spain

    What tax considerations are there?

    In Spain, taxes are divided between regional governments, i.e. each of the 17 regions decide their own varying tax rates and liabilities. This means that Spanish income tax (renta general and renta del ahorro), wealth tax, capital gains tax and any other taxes are different across the country. Spanish employees must make social security contributions and corporate income tax is imposed at 30% for businesses.

    HR and Payroll in Madrid

    With a population of around seven million, Madrid is the largest city in Spain and the third-largest in the EU. Its infrastructure and diverse, skilled population make it an attractive city for business. Madrid is known as a telecommunications hub, however other businesses in various sectors are also known to thrive. These include finance, media, insurance, and technology.

    The city has excellent transport links across Spain and the rest of Europe, making it an ideal location for international companies’ offices. It’s a lively, cosmopolitan city in which many well-educated young students and professionals come to settle.

    HR and Payroll in Barcelona

    Barcelona has long been a centre of tourism and trade, boasting fantastic food, fascinating architecture, and a varied cultural scene. Known as the southern gateway to Europe, historically Barcelona has been favoured for its strategic position, allowing the city to prosper economically.

    When it comes to support for start-ups and business owners, the City of Barcelona offers the services of a Business Support Office. Here, advice can be obtained regarding a range of business matters, from financing and licensing to finding the right talent.

    Looking for more information?

    If you want to find out more about international payroll and the implications and considerations that come along with it, download our free guide to international payroll today.

    IRIS’s Spanish Payroll and HR Solutions

    Whether you’re looking for payroll and HR in Barcelona or Madrid, IRIS can help. Our in-country teams are the specialists you need to take away the headache of international payroll and HR, leaving you to focus on your core business objectives. Our solutions include but are not restricted to:

    • Spanish Employment Contracts
    • Payroll Processing
    • Handling of social charges
    • Handling of payments (salaries & social charges)
    • Annual declarations (lodging, apprenticeship & training taxes for concerned companies)
    • Relations with social bodies
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Tax and Labour Law Consulting
    • Assisting in payroll audit (or payroll department audit)
    • Handling of confidential payroll
    • Assistance in company restructuring plan
    • Assistance in implementation of procedures
    • Assistance with start-up (in link with lawyers)

    Stay Compliant – Payroll and HR Services in Spain

    IRIS is the international partner you’ve been searching for. Speak to us today to find out more about our wealth of experience in Spanish payroll, HR and employment law.