Spain’s laws group jobs into different categories, and each has strict regulations concerning salary ranges, working hours, and paid time off. You must keep these regulations in mind when hiring new employees in the country. In addition to following all of Spain’s employment compliance laws, you’ll have to onboard employees and continue growing your subsidiary.
Instead of figuring out these complex tasks on your own, we can help. Globalization Partners takes the hassle out of employment by hiring employees on your behalf and assigning them to work for your company. We’ll also take all issues of compliance off your shoulders and onto ours.
How to Hire Employees in Spain
Hiring employees in Spain must start with a written employment contract per the country’s laws. Employees typically prefer indefinite contracts, which make it more difficult to lay them off and usually outline a higher salary. Negotiating the terms of an indefinite contract with an employee is just as important as the initial salary negotiations.
Spain’s labor law is relatively strict. It requires employers to draft a strong employment contract before the employee’s start date. The agreement should put any salary or benefits in euro rather than foreign currency. It should also include:
- Compensation amounts
- Termination requirements
- Any probationary periods
Spain Employment Compliance
Spain’s legal workweek is 40 hours. However, many companies have opted to shorten the week to 37 or 38 hours. Spain’s Workers Statute maintains a 40-hour legal workweek but allows employers to distribute the total hours irregularly throughout the year if that arrangement is part of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
Both national law and CBAs regulate any overtime hours. Paid overtime cannot exceed 80 hours per year, and employees can either pay employees or give them time off within four months of the date on which they worked the overtime.
How to Onboard Employees
The onboarding depends on your company and your goals for the position. If you hired someone that needs significant training, build this training into the onboarding process. It is also best practice to go over the employment contract with the employee during their first day or week.
Other helpful onboarding tips include:
- Fly to Spain for the employees’ first day or send other important company executives
- Onboard multiple employees at the same time to streamline the process
- Go over the company’s code of conduct and other relevant documents with your workers
Benefits of Spain Hiring Outsourcing
With so many Spanish employment compliance laws to remember, outsourcing the hiring process can be highly beneficial. Globalization Partners makes it easier to hire employees and stay compliant. We’ll use our established PEO to hire employees assigned to work for you. They will get added to our compliant payroll, and we take on the risk as the Employer of Record.
Why Globalization Partners?
Globalization Partners offers a faster way to expand to a new country. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you with Spain employment compliance.