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Leaving your country and coming to Spain to work can be a huge step. Usually, working in Spain is quite similar to working on other EU countries but, like everything, there are quite a few differences that you should know before starting a new job.

Every job is subjected to labour laws (In Spain, the main Law on this matter is the “Estatuto de los trabajadores), and then, the respective collective agreement applicable to each industry and the conditions established in the employment contract will apply.

Some of the main rules in the Spanish labour laws are the following:

  1. The working week cannot be superior to 40 hours.
  2. A maximum of 9 hours per day can be worked, except specified in the contract.
  3. Usually, there are no sick days, unless agreed with your company. As a general rule, if you get sick, you must go to the doctor and get the “baja laboral”. If you’re sick for more than 3 days, you will start to receive a part of your salary.
  4. Usually, workers get 30 natural days of holidays every year. It depends on the company and on the worker how they are
  5. There are some paid leaves you can take advantage of 15 days per marriage, a few days for a family member death, 4 months of maternity leave and others.

Type of contracts according to the Spanish Labour Laws:

      1. Fixed-term contracts, art.15.1 LET

The maximum term that can be fixed is determined as per the object of the employment contract. such as Temporary contract due to production circumstances or Contract for specific project or service.

       2. Indefinite contracts, art. 15.1 LET

The indefinite contract is agreed upon without establishing limits pertaining to its duration and it remains in force until the company or the employee decides to terminate it.

        3. Training contracts

Training contracts are usually made when someone is interning for a position and is currently learning a new job. Normally they are done through an agreement with the college/school of the person who is applying for the position. They can be paid or not and there are a specific number of working hours that cannot be exceeded.

Other interesting information:


According to the Law, at least 12 hours must be passed in between each working day. The workers can rest 15 minutes for every 6 hours worked. All the workers must have at least 1,5 free days per week, which are usually weekends.


All of the hours that have exceeded the regular working hours (9 per day usually) are counted as overtime work. By law, these hours must be compensated with extra income or free time. There is a maximum of 80 overtime hours that can be worked.

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