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Day Date Holiday Notes
Saturday Jan-1 New Year's Day
Thursday Jan-6 Epiphany
Monday Feb-28 Andalusia Regional Holiday Andalusia
Tuesday Mar-1 Balearic Island Regional Balearic Islands
Saturday Mar-19 St. Joseph's Day Basque Country, Castile-La
Thursday Apr-14 Maundy Thursday Nationwide except for Catalonia
Friday Apr-15 Good Friday
Monday Apr-18 Easter Monday Balearic Islands, Basque Country, Catalonia, La Rioja, Navarre &Valencia
Saturday Apr-23 Aragon Regional Holiday/ Castile and Leon Regional Holiday Aragon & Castile and Leon
Sunday May-1 Labor Day
Monday May-2 Madrid Regional Holiday/Labour Day Madrid & Andalusia, Aragon, Extremadura
Sunday May-15 San Isidro Madrid
Tuesday May-17 Galician Literature Day Galicia
Monday May-30 Canary Island Regional Holiday Canary Islands
Tuesday May-31 Castile-La Mancha Regional Holiday Castile-La Mancha
Thursday Jun-9 Castile-La Mancha Regional Holiday La Rioja
Thursday Jun-9 Murcia Regional Holiday Murcia
Monday Jun-13 San Antonio Ceuta
Thursday Jun-16 Corpus Christi Castile-La Mancha
Friday Jun-24 St John's Day Catalonia, Galicia, Ceuta & Melilla
Sunday Jul-10 Eid al-Adha Ceuta & Melilla
Monday Jul-25 National Day of Galicia Galicia
Monday Jul-25 Saint James' Day Basque Country & Madrid
Thursday Jul-28 Day of the Institutions Cantabria
Friday Aug-5 Our Lady of Africa Ceuta
Monday Aug-15 Assumption of Mary National
Friday Sep-2 Day of Ceuta Ceuta
Tuesday Sep-6 Elcano Day Basque Country
Thursday Sep-8 Our Lady of Victories Melilla
Thursday Sep-8 Asturias Regional Holiday Asturias
Thursday Sep-8 Extremadura Regional Holiday Extremadura
Sunday Sep-11 National Day of Catalonia Catalonia
Thursday Sep-15 Cantabria Regional Holiday Cantabria
Saturday Sep-17 Day of Melilla Melilla
Sunday Oct-9 Valencian Regional Holiday Valencia
Wednesday Oct-12 Fiesta Nacional de España
Tuesday Nov-1 All Saints' Day
Wednesday Nov-9 Virgin of Almudena Madrid
Saturday Dec-3 San Francisco Javier Navarre
Tuesday Dec-6 Constitution Day
Thursday Dec-8 Immaculate Conception Nationwide except for Ceuta
Sunday Dec-25 Christmas Day
Monday Dec-26 St Stephen's Day Balearic Islands & Catalonia
Monday Dec-26 Christmas Holiday National except Asturias,Balearic Islands, Basque
Countrypedia

Spain
Payroll and Benefits Guide

Last updated: Mar 21, 2022
Currency
Euro (EUR)
Payroll Frequency
Monthly
Employer Taxes
29.90%

Papaya Offers Complete Payroll, PEO and Contractor Management Services For Spain

Overview

Capital
Madrid
Currency
Euro (EUR)
Date Format
dd/mm/yyyy
Public holidays calendar

Contributions

Employer

Employer Payroll Contributions

23.60%
Social Security (minimum monthly base is 1,125.90 EUR and the maximum is 4,139.40 EUR)
5.50% (General Type)
Unemployment (General)
0.20%
Salary Guarantee Fund
0.60%
Professional Training
29.90% Total Employment Cost

Employee

Employee Payroll Contributions

4.70%
Social Security
1.55% (General Type)
Unemployment (General)
0.10%
Professional Training
6.40% Total Employee Cost

Employee Income Tax

19.00%
0.00 EUR-12,450.00 EUR
24.00%
12,450.00 EUR-20,200 EUR
30.00%
20,201.00-35,200 EUR
37.00%
35,200.00 EUR-60,000 EUR
45.00%
60,000.00 EUR-300,000.00 EUR
47.00%
300,000.00 EUR and over
Employer Taxes
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST
Mexico
Russia
South Korea
Spain
Georgia
Lithuania
Macedonia
43.72%
38.5%
34.93%
29.9%
2%
1.77%
0%
Employee taxes
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST
Romania
Germany
Netherlands
Spain
Belarus
Ukraine
Cambodia
35%
31.05%
30.35%
6.4%
1%
0.6%
0%

Minimum Wage

General

In Spain, minimum wages are fixed per industry sector in the collective bargaining agreements; however, in general, the minimum wage used in Spain is 965 EUR per month, 32.17 EUR per day. 

The minimum wage of temporary employees, as well as seasonal workers who work for the same company for less than 120 days, cannot be less than 45.70 EUR per day. In the case of domestic help that works on an hourly basis, the minimum wage shall be 7.55 EUR per hour for hours actually worked. 

Minimum wage (per month)
$4000
$2663
$2518
$1120
$36.80
$17.24
$2.33
Geneva
Luxembourg
Australia
Spain
Angola
Tanzania
Venezuela
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST

Payroll

Payroll Cycle

In Spain, the payroll frequency is monthly and paid typically on the last day of the month.

13th Salary

13th and 14th-month salary payments are mandatory in Spain.

It is common practice for the annual salary to be split into 14 instalments to account for the double salary payment, which the employer will pay in July and December; this is stipulated in the employee’s employment contract and collective agreements.

Working Hours

General

The standard working week in Spain can be no longer than 40 hours a week. The typical Spanish working day is from around 8.30-9.00 am until approximately 2.00 pm and then closes for siesta, the operating hours will resume from 4.00-5.00 pm until around 8.00 pm.

The Spanish Worker’s Statute Royal Decree-Law 8/2019 requires all employees to record their effective daily working hours by “clocking” in and out when they have a break or at the end of the working day. 

Overtime

If work time limits of 40 hours a week are surpassed, compensation of overtime is compulsory. The maximum number of overtime hours a single employee can work is 80 additional hours per year.  Overtime work hours and payments are strictly regulated following collective agreements.

Leave

Paid Time Off

Employees in Spain are entitled to 30 calendar days (22 business days) of paid annual leave in a given year. (Some collective agreements may grant other specific entitlements)

Vacation days
Public holidays
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST
Azerbaijan
United Arab Emirates
Brazil
Spain
Mexico
Malaysia
Federal
21
24
45
30
15
45
30
13
43
30
10
40
6
8
14
8
6
14
10
10

Public Holidays

There are 10 public/national holidays and others vary between regions. 

Sick Days

n case of illness or personal accident, the employee is entitled to temporary disability benefit for sick pay, receiving at least 60% of their regular salary. 

In the case of a common disease or non-work-related injury, employees in Spain are entitled to the following: 

  • 1-3 days (3 days)  = 0% (No obligation to pay unless the employer agrees to make the payment, or it is stated in the CBA.) 
  • 4 – 15 days (12 days) = 60% (60% of the employee contributions base paid by the employer.) 
  • 16 –20 days (5 days)  = 60% paid by Social Security (60% of the employee contributions base paid by social security even if the employer makes the payment on behalf of the social security.) 
  • 21 days + = 75% paid by Social Security (75% of the employee contributions base paid by social security even if the employer makes the payment on behalf of the social security.) 

The above is applicable unless the specific CBA states another option or a different company policy. 

Maternity Leave

A pregnant employee is entitled to 16 weeks of maternity leave, with the potential to increase to 18 weeks in the event of a complicated delivery or for multiple births.

Maternity leave consists of two periods:

  • Prenatal leave: The employee must take a minimum of 6 weeks before the expected due date (as full days)
  • Postnatal leave: The employee must take an additional 10 weeks of a full absence or 20 weeks of half-day absences, which starts from the child’s birth.

The maternity leave is paid by the Social Security System Health Insurance Fund; this is equal to 82% of the employee’s salary, based on the previous month’s contribution inclusive of their monthly salary and the proportional part of the extra pay, for the first 30 days. After the first 30 days of maternity leave, the payment is reduced to 75% of the regular salary (capped). During this period, the employer is not obliged to make any payments to the employee.

The maternity benefit has a monthly maximum. If the employee earns more than the maximum, the employer can pay the difference if they wish. This leave can be taken for adoption leave as well as maternity leave.

PAID MATERNITY LEAVE (DAYS)
413
410
365
112
40
30
0
Norway
Bulgaria
Serbia
Spain
Malawi
Tunisia
Federal
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST

Paternity Leave

The father is entitled to 16 days of paid paternity leave (extended to 18 weeks for multiple births).  In same-sex couples, both parents are entitled to paid leave. One needs to apply for paternity leave and benefits, and the other for maternity leave and benefits, however, in order to qualify for paid benefits, it is essential that each parent has the correct legal association with the child.  
  
100% of the paternity pay will be paid by the Spanish Government, as long as the father has correctly paid social security contributions for a minimum of 180 working days within the past 7 years or 360 total days in his entire professional life.  The employer is still liable for certain taxes that pertain to the salary payments. 

Other Leave

Depending on the Collective Agreement in place, employees may be allowed additional leave types, once approved between the employer and employee, for the following:

  • Employees are entitled to up to two years of unpaid leave to assist a seriously ill household or family member.
  • Employees are entitled to 2 days of leave (4 days if travel is required) to care for a family member with a serious illness or injury.
  • In the case of disability of a child, an adopted child, or a foster care child, employees on maternity leave are entitled to have two additional weeks of leave.
  • Employees are entitled to 2 days paid leave (4 days if travel is required) for the death of a family member.
  • If an employee is moving to a new home, they are entitled to 1 day’s leave.
  • Employees are entitled to up to 15 days’ leave in case of marriage.
  • Employees are entitled to paid leave to perform their public or personal obligations (in court) if necessary. A written notice is required.
  • When performing trade union or workers’ representative activities, employees can be granted additional leave, as established by law or collective agreement.

Termination

Termination Process

The termination process varies according to the Employment Agreement and Collective Agreement in place and is based on the type of contract and reason for termination.

 

Notice Period

Notice periods in Spain are generally set at 15 days notice, if notice isn’t given, employers can give payment in lieu.

Severance Pay

Severance pay is only applicable when an employer terminated an employment agreement without notice (in this case, the severance pay would be for the same amount the employee would earn if they had been given notice).

An employer can choose either to terminate an employment contract with the granting of a notice period or to terminate the employment contract immediately with the payment of an indemnity in lieu of notice. A combination of both, where the serving of a notice period is followed by the payment of an indemnity for the remainder of the notice period is also possible.

The indemnity in lieu of notice is calculated based on the employee’s annual salary at the time of termination, including statutory and contractual fringe benefits. In addition, the following legal requirements must be complied with if an employer is terminating a contract:

  1. The employer must provide written notice to the employee stating the reasons for the dismissal.
  2. The employer must provide compensation of 20 days salary, per year of service, payable upon delivery of the written notice, up to a maximum of 12 months’ salary.
  3. The employee must receive thirty days’ notice of the termination of the contract, to commence from the moment of the official notification to the employee.

If the dismissal is declared unfair, the employer must pay compensation equivalent to 45 days’ pay per year of service (if employed before 12th February 2012 and then 33 days after this date), up to a maximum of 42 months’ salary.

Probation Period

Probation or trial periods are generally set within the collective agreements. However, a common practice in Spain is two months, extending to 6 months for graduate technicians/seniority employees.

VISA

VISA

A Work Visa allows foreigners to enter, stay, and work in Spain. An employee must apply for the work visa in person, and applications must have been submitted at least 90 days before travel.

If the position is to fill a highly skilled role or the candidate is a non-EU citizen, employers need to apply for a work visa from the Ministry of Labour prior to appointment.  The Embassy or Consulate will then issue the work and residence visa after the Ministry of Labour has approved the application.

In Spain, there is a specific Work Visa for seasonal workers, but obtaining a visa is the same.  However, seasonal workers must prove that they have accommodations arranged, travel costs are taken care of, and that they will be returning to their respective country once the job has been completed.

VAT

General

The standard VAT rate in Spain is 21%.

Version History

March 21, 2022
Payroll contributions and personal income tax rates have been updated.
January 1, 2021
Paternity leave has increased from 12 to 16 weeks.

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    Sofía M.
    Sofía M.
    1 year ago

    Hi, can unused leave be paid out to the employee? TIA.

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    1 year ago
    Reply to  Sofía M.

    Hi Sofia, thank you for your question. Vacation days expire on the last day of each year. Unless stated in an employment contract or collective bargaining agreement,
    employees are not entitled for leave to be paid out and cannot be carried over to the following year.

    Marco
    Marco
    1 year ago

    Hi, can the “Régimen especial” (the Beckham law) be applied to a contract managed by Papayaglobal?

    Foster
    Foster
    1 year ago

    For a German located company/Start Up, What is the price for your “Global EOR” package to hire someone in Spain?

    Alex Margolin
    Admin
    1 year ago
    Reply to  Foster

    Hi Foster, thanks for reaching out. Kindly book a demo here https://papayaglobal.com/schedule-a-demo/ and someone will reach out to you so we can understand exactly what you need.

    Meredith
    Meredith
    11 months ago

    Hello! What’s are the typical benefits along with terms of agreement for a 6 month contract?

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    11 months ago
    Reply to  Meredith

    Hi Meredith, thank you for your question. We typically do not offer any in-kind benefit recommendations. However, in general, food allowance is something that is common in Spain.

    Emma
    Emma
    10 months ago

    Hello,
    If I submit my resignation in January do I get compensated for 13th,14th salary and the unused holiday of the same year?
    Thanks,

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    10 months ago
    Reply to  Emma

    Hi Emma, thank you for your question. You would be entitled to be paid out for any unused paid holiday. However, for the 13th and 14th salary, you would not be entitled to as you would already have been paid out the previous year. You would most likely be entitled to a prorated amount which would depend on when your last day of employment is.

    Monica
    Monica
    8 months ago

    Hello, I have one question.
    For the employees in Spain: What is the exact rate that we need to pay extra to employees in Spain when they are working less than 30% (is that correct?) from the office / so min 70% from home office?

    Thank you

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    8 months ago
    Reply to  Monica

    Hi Monica, thank you for your question. While the law has established that employers must compensate for work from home when a regular employee works more than 30% from home for at least 3 months, no minimum allowance was set. That being said, the only collective bargaining agreement that has established an amount is the banking sector. As of now, this is the benchmark that is being used, which is a home allowance of 50 EUR per month.

    James Laverty
    James Laverty
    7 months ago

    With Sick pay – is this based on basic pay, or does it also include specific add on (like the 13/14 month and other allowances)?

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    7 months ago
    Reply to  James Laverty

    Hi James, thank you for your question. Sick pay is calculated based on the regular monthly salary and is not inclusive of 13th and 14th salary or any other component.

    Carlos
    Carlos
    7 months ago

    Can Papaya sponsor a non-eu citizen employee´s Work Visa in Spain on behalf of our entity – if we are obviously not legally constituted there on anywhere in the EU for that matter?

    Carlos
    Carlos
    7 months ago
    Reply to  Erez Greenberg

    Thank you Erez, is there any one-pager or more info. that you could provide on how Sponsorship works under the EOR model, namely in Spain? If not, please contact me for a quick call or send over a more detailed explanation of the process, considerations, and requirements. It would be inmensely helpful for us. Consider that we DO NOT have an entity in Spain or the EU.

    Last edited 7 months ago by Carlos
    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Carlos

    Hi Carlos, we have escalated this to your HR team as they are handling this.

    Gina Miller
    Gina Miller
    6 months ago

    Do restaurants have to pay the 14 pay periods as well? Is it legal to terminate an employees contract when they are on sick leave?

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Gina Miller

    Hi Gina, thank you for your question. Typically in Spain 14 salaries are given, pro-rated if someone has not worked a full year. Collective agreements can also determine rules around these additional salaries so the employer should review which collective bargaining agreement the employee falls under as this might determine any requirement regarding the 13th and 14th salaries.

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Gina Miller

    Hi Gina, thank you for your question. Typically in Spain, 14 salaries are given, pro-rated if someone has not worked a full year. Collective agreements can also determine rules around these additional salaries so the employer should review which collective bargaining agreement the employee falls under as this might determine any requirement regarding the 13th and 14th salaries.

    Gina M
    Gina M
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Emily Kuhnert

    And is it legal to terminate an employees contract for end of tourist season when they have a Baja medical? And then hire someone else to replace said person?

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Gina M

    Hi Gina, in general no, however, if the employment agreement was fixed term, there may be other things to take into consideration. I would suggest consulting with a labor lawyer to understand your exact situation as there are a lot of factors that need to be taken into consideration.

    Sara Combs
    Sara Combs
    6 months ago

    Hi, can employers file for maternity/paternity benefits on behalf of the employee and continue to pay the employee directly?

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Sara Combs

    Hi Sara, thank you for your question. Maternity leave is paid by social security and not through the employer.

    Joanna
    Joanna
    5 months ago

    Hi, I would like to know how much (as a percentage) I would have to pay in taxes per month, if I hire my son as an employee. I’m self-employed and work from home; my son lives with me. TIA

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    5 months ago
    Reply to  Joanna

    Hi Joanna, you can use our cost calculator to get an estimation of how much taxes you would need to pay here https://papayaglobal.com/cost-calculator/.

    Rob Strijk
    5 months ago

    Hola !
    Presently in the Netherlands waiting for an operation. Got already a certificate for longterm sick leave for 3 months. Company ask a Baja in Spain to validate this by means of a social security doctor in spain. So how can i get his ?? Rgrds Rob

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    5 months ago
    Reply to  Rob Strijk

    Hi Rob, do you work in Spain? If so, you would need to reach out to a doctor in Spain to have your sick leave validated in Spain.

    Rob Strijk
    5 months ago
    Reply to  Emily Kuhnert

    Hola Emily ! I work in Malaga since 2014 and i got my NIE and also Tarjeta Sanitaria. How and where can i find a doctor ?
    Presently living in the Netherlands due to COVID-19. Thanks for your Help !

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    5 months ago
    Reply to  Rob Strijk

    Hi Rob, this is out of the scope of what we can assist you with on the CountryPedia. However, please note that if you are working remotely, you might encounter issues with taxation and such due to you not currently residing in Spain.

    Saddif
    Saddif
    4 months ago

    Hi,

    If I was to work from Spain, using Papaya (and we do not have a Spanish entity), is it possible to apply for Beckham’s law for tax purposes, and would you be able to help obtain these permissions

    Thanks

    Davi L
    Davi L
    3 months ago

    Hello! Amazing content! Say you start working in May, do I get the extra salary on July too having worked only 3/4 months? Thank you!

    Bogo
    Bogo
    2 months ago

    What is the minimum pay per hour in Spain when you work on Saturdays and Sundays?

    Alex
    1 month ago

    Hello,

    I might relocate from France to Spain to start a new job in Madrid (with a company that I haven’t been working for anywhere else).

    I have heard and read that getting a NIE can be a very cumbersome process. Could you perhaps let me know if a Spanish employer can legally hire a EU citizen who doesn’t have an NIE yet? And, if so, for how long?

    Many thanks

    Alex

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Alex

    Hi Alex, thank you for your question. An EU citizen must be registered with the Social Security authorities and have an NIE in order to be able to work in Spain. An employment contract can be drafted without the NIE and a passport number can be used as a form of identification. However, you would not be able to start working until the NIE is received.

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