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Hire in Spain in 3 easy steps

Spain may be famous for its easy-going culture, siestas and beaches, but did you know it’s also a hotbed of highly skilled international remote talent? Here’s how you can hire employees in Spain while saving a ton of money and staying away from a complex web of legal hassles.

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Onboard your talent in Spain in 10 minutes

If you’re considering hiring your next candidate in Spain, you’ve landed in the right place. After helping hundreds of businesses onboard their remote hires, we have achieved excellent expertise in the country. Our team of experts and tech solutions will make this incredibly easy for you.

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Visa support for employees

Access an easy work permit sponsorship process on the platform during onboarding.

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Guidance & payroll management

Receive process support by an experienced team of experts & pay your talent on time and in their local currency.

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Net salary calculator

Calculate net salary in Spain post deductions and compare it with the salary in other countries instantly.

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Accelerated onboarding

Fast-track your talent onboarding while ensuring 100% compliance with local regulations.

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Hire in Spain through an EOR

Easily onboard your remote talent in Spain through our Employer of Record (EOR) solution. Our subsidiaries and network partners make this process fast and 100% compliant.

Why WorkMotion is your best choice for hiring in Spain

We have helped onboard hundreds of employees in Spain for our customers who needed qualified and cost-effective talent. We are also the only player in the market that provides work permits and visa support for hiring employees in Spain. We handle all the paperwork and data submission, while you receive constant support and timely notifications at every step.

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A quick overview of Spain

Time zone


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Paid leave

23 days

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Minimum wage


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Public holidays

14 days

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Payroll frequency


What makes Spain’s talent great?

Spain’s economy is mainly based on tourism. This means there’s a big number of university graduates with skills but don’t often find a job they desire. Qualified candidates in Spain are looking for jobs but do not necessarily want to move out of the country. The obvious answer here is finding remote work.

Cost-effective for you, life-effective for talent in Spain. A clear win win.

Get more detailed info about Spain’s hiring landscape

Basic facts

Spain is a country in the Southwest corner of Europe. The Spanish economy is the fourth-largest in the Eurozone and the fifth-largest in the European Union. Spain is well known for its vast monuments, snow capped mountains, stone castles, sophisticated cities, and cultural diversity. The total land area is 505,990 square kilometers, with 12,500 square kilometers of islands. Spain is bordered to the west by Portugal; to the northeast, it borders France, from which it is separated by the small principality of Andorra and by the great wall of the Pyrenees Mountains.



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Statutory holidays

The national holidays mentioned below are valid for the year 2024.
There are 14 bank holidays (dias festivos), made up of eight national holidays which are non-substitutable and six chosen by the region and local municipality.

Contract sharing time

The approximate time for sharing the contract with an employee in Spain ranges from a few minutes to 1 day assuming no special requests or changes to our standard employment contract. Any such requests or changes would need to undergo internal or external review, directly leading to a time delay. If all talent data is available, the contract can be generated immediately.

Date Holiday Name
January 1 New Year
January 6 Epiphany day
March 31 Good Friday
May 1 Labor day
August 15 Assumption of the Virgin
October 12 Hispanic national holiday
November 1 All saints' day
December 6 Spanish constitution day
December 9 Immaculate conception
December 25 Christmas day

What you need to know

Labour conditions

Leave / time off

Statutory benefits

Under the general regime, social security contributions are paid on salaries and wages. Benefits include the:

Benefits Employer Contribution Employee Contribution
Old age pension, sickness, disability & Intergenerational Equity Mechanism 24.1% 4.8%
Unemployment insurance 5.5% 1.55% (1.6% for fixed-term contracts
Wage guarantee fund 0.2% -
Professional training 0.6% 0.1%
Accident insurance (e.g. office work) 1.5% -

Health insurance

In Spain, people insured under the Sistema Nacional de la Seguridad Social (National Social Security System) and their beneficiaries are entitled to healthcare. Foreigners not registered or authorized as residents in Spain have the right to health protection and to healthcare under the same conditions as people with Spanish nationality. The state healthcare coverage contains:

Accident insurance

People who have suffered injuries or damage from an accident at work or occupational disease, can apply for benefits. In the event of an accident at work, the amount of the daily allowance is calculated at 75% of the daily calculation basis from the day after the accident. This allowance is paid by Mutua [mutual insurance company] or the Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social (INSS).

The employer pays a variable rate for occupational risk insurance. The rate ranges from 1.5% for office work, for example, to 8.5% for mining work or 7.6% for the construction sector.

Wage guarantee fund

The wage guarantee fund is an autonomous entity that acts in case of insolvency of the employer, paying outstanding wages to the workers.

Intergenerational equity mechanism

This tax has the objective of distributing the cost of pensions among different generations of workers . In this way, the Government intends to fatten the pension piggy bank and ensure the collection of baby boom pensions. Employers contribute 0.5% whilst employees contribute 0.1%.

Unemployment insurance

A contributory benefit, commonly known as “el paro”, is awarded to people who are unemployed but committed to working and who have contributed for a minimum of 360 days during the six years before becoming unemployed.

Professional training

The vocational training system for employees aims at improving workers’ skills and company productivity as well as helping to meet labor market needs.

Public pension

In Spain, the retirement pension depends on the age of the beneficiary and the contributions accumulated throughout their working life. Workers covered by the social security system will, upon reaching the pensionable age, be entitled to receive the corresponding retirement pension as long as they meet the requirements established in each case.
The minimum age for the retirement pension is currently:

All employees hired by WorkMotion’s Spanish partners are automatically insured via the Spanish Social Security system (“Sistema Nacional de la Seguridad Social”).