Hiring employees in Spain

Resource Type: Country Guides | Published Date: 29 January 2021

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Our team of international HR, payroll, compensation & benefits experts have compiled everything you need to know when employing in Spain so that you can meet your global expansion objectives.

The guide covers the fundamentals you need to be on top of, such as the Collective Bargaining that is also a significant source of labour law in Spain which subjects almost all companies to a collective agreement.

Such agreements can be concluded at a workplace, company, industry, regional or nationwide level. A Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) will form the basis of the employment contract and will legally bind the employer and all workers included within the scope of the collective bargaining agreement.

This guidance will enable you to remain compliant when operating in Spain, providing you with the key framework needed to operate compliantly.

The full contents of the detailed guide to employing staff in Spain are as follows: 

  • Employment of foreigners
  • Employment contracts
  • Probation
  • Remuneration
  • Working hours and time off
  • Leave
  • Social security coverage
  • Workers’ compensation insurance
  • Supplemental benefits
  • Termination of employment
  • Discrimination
  • Industrial relations
  • Data protection

This country guide is intended to be a summary of the major areas of employment law & HR practice and does not constitute legal or HR advice. The guidance was correct at the time of publishing and professional advice should always be sought as specific needs arise.

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