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Spanish Economy to Bounce Back to Pre-pandemic Levels in 2022

Spain is expected to return to pre-pandemic GDP levels by the end of 2022, with a strong rebound in new business and consumer spending. The implementation of Spain’s Recovery & Resilience Plan will play an important role: domestic demand should be sufficient enough on its own for economic expansion through 2021 while external demand recovers at more normal levels as well when international tourist visits have improved. A recent IMF report forecasts significant growth for Spain in 2022, but it will return to pre-pandemic levels later than France and Germany. The Spanish economy shrank much more last year, so they projected a slower economic expansion rate. In 2020, Spain ranked #30 in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index (Sources: OECD, European Commission, and El Pais).

XML employs workers for you in Spain
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A trusted professional employment organization with in-depth knowledge of the Spanish market, XML International provides you with end-to-end personalised solutions to recruit and manage remote team members for your activities in Madrid or any other city in Spain regardless of the size of your organisation or your industry.

Employees will be employed pursuant to local labour laws, and all required social security and taxation will be paid to the local Authorities.

Spain Country Information

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Spain Minimum wage

Minimum wage in Spain is 1,108,33 Euros per month

Spain Normal working hours

Maximum normal working hours are 40 hours per week.

Spain Annual leave

Workers who work for 24 hours or more a month for the same employer are entitled to annual leave.
Every worker is entitled to 21 consecutive days annual leave on full pay in every leave cycle.  This equates to 15 working days per annum if the employee works a five-day week, and 18 working days per annum if the employee works a six-day week.

Spain Sick leave

The first 3 days of sick leave are unpaid.

From day 4 to day 20 of the sick leave the employee is entitled to 60% of the contribution base.

From day 21 on of sick leave the employee is entitled to 75% of the contribution base. 

In order to receive support, you will need a medical examination and that a doctor from the Servicio Público de Salud (State Health Services) certifies your illness.

Spain Maternity leave

The total duration of maternity leave is 16 consecutive weeks in which six weeks are mandatory and must be taken after the birth, while the remaining ten weeks can be taken before or after the birth. In the case of multiple births, 2 weeks for each son or daughter from the second.


The qualifying conditions to be entitled to maternity benefits are determined both by the worker’s age and the duration of her contribution to the general social security scheme.

a) if the worker is under 21 years of age on the date of birth: a minimum contribution period is required. 

b) If the worker is between 21 and 26 years old: a minimum contribution period of 90 days is required in the 7 years immediately prior to the start of the leave or, alternatively, 180 days of contribution during the entire working life of the worker before the date. 

c) if the worker is over 26 years old: a minimum contribution period of 180 days is required in the 7 years immediately prior to the time the leave starts or, alternatively, 360 days in the worker’s entire working life before of the date.

To be entitled to receive maternity benefits, employees must be affiliated with the general social security scheme and have made contributions for 180 days in the 5 years prior to the date of birth

Spain Paternity leave

Fathers are entitled to 16 weeks of paternity leave.

Spain Notice Period

In case of a dismissal for economic or individual reasons, it is necessary to observe a notice period of 15 days between the termination letter and the effective termination of the employee. During this period, the employee has the right to paid leave of 6 hours per week to search for a new job. However, the employer can choose to pay an indemnity in lieu of notice, equal to the salary of those 15 days.

For example, if the employee’s dismissal is notified 5 days before the termination of his or her contract, the employer will have the obligation to pay the corresponding indemnity in lieu of notice plus 10 days of salary in the final settlement agreement.

In case of a dismissal for serious cause, a notice period is not mandatory.

Spain Probation period

In Spain, employment law recognizes the possibility of arranging, in writing, a probation period that should be subject to the term limits negotiated with the workers’ representative. If no agreement is reached between the parties or with the workers’ representative, the legislation lays down the following limits that should be respected in all cases: ideally lower than or equal to 6 months.

Spain VAT

The standard VAT rate is 21%.

(Sources:, Deloitte,) 

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XML employs workers for you in Spain

Quick, Simple, Compliant

XML International, one of the best workforce solutions and employer of record services providers for Spain, supports the set-up and the management of your international workforce for all your activities in Spain. Our invaluable input consists of streamlining and handling for you the complete employment lifecycle of your teams in Spain. We give you all the keys to handle you staff in Madrid or any city in Spain. XML’s knowledge of Spanish labour laws, tax and social security system, and employment regulations allows you to tackle the challenges of local compliance in Spain, navigate all the local complexities and avoid pitfalls.

The Best Employment Outsourcing Solutions for Spain

Smart Management of your Employees in Spain

Among our top priorities, compliance with the Spanish employment regulations and labour laws is number one. In addition to talent acquisition, recruitment services, and workforce management, we also ensure that our clients’ workforce management in Spain is aligned with the Spanish tax and social security rules and the latest immigration processes, including visas and work permits.

Here is the list of our core services supporting your activities in Spain

• GEO Services for Spain (PEO and EOR)

• Contingent Workforce Services for Spain

• Managed Solutions Programs for Spain

• RPO & Staff Mobilization for Spain 

Do Business in Spain, with or without creating your local legal entity

Take advantage of the targeted outsourcing solutions proposed by XML International for your expansion into Spain or for your employees already based there. We offer a comprehensive series of bespoke and scalable outsourcing solutions specially designed for the Spanish market.

 They range from professional employer organization employment (PEO), employer of record, and contingent workforce employment services, to help you grow effortlessly and successfully in Spain without any complications. We can also help you source, recruit, and onboard new team members locally, even if you don’t have an office in Spain

XML provides you with everything you need to start doing business in Spain or to optimize your business if you are already operating there, leading to significant bottom-line savings and getting your business activities up and running in just days. Get in touch with the XML team to learn how we can boost your activities in Spain in a cost-effective way. 

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