A flexible labour market with hiring incentives that benefits employers
Labour legislation has been subject to adjustments and modifications to simplify and add greater flexibility to the labour market. The establishment and termination of contracts, as well as duration conditions, are now more efficient and in line with the current economic situation, which helps reduce company costs.
Minimum wages and Social Security
The general national minimum wage is set annually, but the minimum wage for each professional category is often negotiated in the collective labour agreements. In 2017, the minimum wage is 707.7 € / month or 9,907.8 € / year (which includes 12 monthly payments and two special payments).
Social Security contributions are paid between the employer and the employee, depending on the employment and professional category. In 2017, the employer contribution is 30.9% for general contingencies and the employee contribution is 6.35%.
Incentives and benefits to promote employment
There are many incentives and benefits to reduce an employer’s Social Security contributions in order to promote certain types of contracts and the employment and recruitment of specific groups of workers, such as disabled workers, people under 30 and over 45, etc.
Senior Management special conditions
There is a special labour relationship between senior management personnel and employer, regulated separately from a regular employment agreement and allowing a wider margin for manoeuvre when defining the contractual relationship.