Employment is highly regulated in Spain, and labour inspections do occur. It can be very expensive for you to fire an employee in Spain if you haven't followed the rules. We recommend that you read our article about hiring employees.
Some reasons to use Strong Abogados for your payroll service in Spain:
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Tips on hiring employees in Spain
Types of work contracts, with samples
Guide to a Spanish payslip, with sample payslip
For foreign employees: the Ministry of Employment's guide to working in Spain
What corporate setup do I need to hire employees in Spain?
As an employer in Spain, how much will I pay to social security?
What are the holidays in Spain?
We are a Swiss company and we are going to open a call center in Barcelona to serve our European (non-Spanish) clients. Can we apply our Swiss labour laws to our non-Spanish employees?
My company is assigning to UK nationals to Spain to work there for 18 months. Will they liable for taxes in Spain?
I work for a UK company. I plan to move to Spain and continue to do consulting for the company. Can I be self-employed (autónomo) in Spain, and send the company invoices for my work?
In Spain, can employees can be transferred using Form E101?
I am a foreigner working in Spain. My company is paying into the Spanish social security system. Can this be transferred into my native country's system?
So, our advice to employers in Spain:
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*These percentages may be slightly different depending on your work contract.
**Salary guarantee in case of bankruptcy; professional studies; additional amount based on the employee's professional classification.
Note that these percentages only apply up to a maximum gross salary of roughly 36,000€. In other words, 14,000€ is about the maximum you will pay in social security per employee per year.
What the employee pays is included in the gross paycheck; what the employer pays is not. So the employer can calculate the total cost of an employee as the gross paycheck + 31,6% (assuming a simple payslip where the base amount for social security is equal to the gross paycheck).What are the holidays in Spain? There are national, state, and local holidays. For a list, go to Spain's Social Security site, and on the left side, click on "Mas informacion", then "Calendario laboral". We are a Swiss company and we are going to open a call center in Barcelona to serve our European (non-Spanish) clients. Can we apply our Swiss labour laws to our non-Spanish employees? If you have a functioning office in Spain, even though your clients are non-Spanish, you must register in Spain as a resident entity (such as a branch or SL). Also, your Spanish company must obtain an employer social security number in order to hire your employees. Keep in mind that Spanish labour laws apply, even if your employees are non-Spanish. I work for a UK company. I plan to move to Spain and continue to do consulting for the company. Can I be self-employed (autónomo) in Spain, and send the company invoices for my work? The problem with this is that you must include withholding on your invoice. The final amount on the invoice is reduced, and the company pays the amount withheld to the Spanish tax office as withholding for the personal taxes you will pay to the Spanish tax office. But a UK company has no means of paying this amount without being registered in Spain. If your company agrees to the time and expense of getting registered in Spain, then you can ask a representative of the company to contact us, and we can handle this. In Spain, can employees can be transferred using Form E101? Yes, employees may be transferred filing Form E101. Once the employee is here, we can handle all the employment and tax issues in Spain. I am a foreigner working in Spain. My company is paying into the Spanish social security system. Can this be transferred into my native country's system? Yes. The amount that you have accumulated in the Spanish system can be transferred to any other EU country and any country that has a treaty with Spain. Go to Spain's Social Security site, and see "Internacional -> Convenios bilaterales" for a list of countries.