In this section, you can find some of the most interesting and needed information and facts about the Spanish Job Market.



Spain’s business environment really reflects the attitude of Spanish people themselves. The working atmosphere is usually more relaxed and easy-going. Even though it can still be rather chaotic at times.



During the financial crisis its unemployment rate went from 6% in 2007. And almost 23% in 2013. Thankfully between 2014 and 2015 many of the unemployed managed to find jobs. This resulted in the unemployment rate falling to about 18.2% by the end of 2015.


It is important to take into account that Spanish customs may be very different compared to those of your home country and the working hours may vary a lot as well.

A typical working day here will start at 9.00h or 9.30h and finish between 19.00h and 20.00h, with a 2 hour lunch break in between. The two hour lunch break can be used not only to eat lots of food but to take a typical Spanish siesta or even to discuss business or have a lunch meeting.

Working in Spain will normally consist of 40 hours of work a week with up to 30 days of paid holiday-time.  

During the summer months, some businesses shorten their working hours because of the heat and because business in general is usually slower during this time. In order to succeed in the work place, it is advised to always be punctual or arrive 10 minutes early.


The Spanish and the Catalans in general usually have a more conservative way of dressing. A few shops recommended for work clothes include Mango and ZARA. Barcelona is also home to various outlets where you can find work clothes for bargain prices. Heels often are a good option for women.


Remember that although people are laidback, they are very passionate about serious topics so be sure to start small talk before getting into serious topics of conversation.

Another thing to keep in mind is that negotiations or agreements do not happen quickly. People like to fully argument their view or opinion first and then listen and then come to a compromise.


Be sure to solve any kind of problem before beginning to accuse others, still check you are not overcharged when going to restaurants, bars and events. In order to avoid this, it helps to speak a little Spanish or Catalan. Even though many speak or understand English, it is very much appreciated when you attempt to speak the local language.


  • An employee should not work more than 40 hours a week.
  • Short term contracts are often given here but cannot be given for longer than three years.
  • Temporary contracts are granted when the working hours are specified.
  • Full-time employees are entitled to 22 days of paid holiday.


You can expect salaries to be lower here than in other EU countries, since the cost of living is lower than in other countries overall. You should be able to find something which pays an average of 7.50€ an hour.