So, you're considering moving to Spain, you’re currently looking for a job there, and wondering what the working schedule is like? If you've never worked in another country before then you may be apprehensive about how things work over there. Indeed, it's a good idea to do as much research as you can to make sure it meets your expectations before you decide to move there or even actively begin looking for a job. That’s why we have done a lot of research on this topic and we are here to share it with you and offer you all the assistance we can!
Does Spain have a 4-day work week?
Spain was one of the nations that proposed a three-year trial of the four-day work week, which was authorized by the government in 2021. The pilot was intended to start in September of that same year, but it hasn't yet. Who among us wouldn't relish having a week off from work? We would, without a doubt, but alas Spain does not, at least not yet, have a four-day work week.
What is the work schedule in Spain?
I’m sure you have heard of the famous Spanish siestas, and you are wondering if that is still the case in Spain or not. Well, the typical workday for Spaniards is a "split shift", lasting from 9 am to 7:30 pm with a two-and-a-half-hour lunch break. However, depending on the region and the season, this schedule may change. Most Spanish businesses have abandoned the siesta tradition in favor of a 9 am to 5 pm workday in major cities like Barcelona, Madrid, and Valencia. International businesses and communities seem to be pushing for the nation to adopt the same working hours as Europe, with only a brief lunch break.
How long are work days in Spain?
With the exception of those who work in the hospitality or retail industries that work on the weekends as well, employees in Spain typically work 40 hours per week Monday through Friday. Many firms give their employees Friday afternoons free, and they make up the time by working 8.5 hours from Monday through Thursday. The maximum workweek in Spain is 40 hours, or nine hours each day with an hour for lunch, at least in the major cities as previously noted.
Are shops in Spain open 7 days a week?
At least from 9:30 to 13:30 on weekdays and from 17:00 to 20:00 on weekends, most of the Spanish stores are open. The majority don't close until 14 o'clock and several open at 9 o'clock in the morning with shops like bakeries opening up even earlier. While businesses in northern Spain often remain open until 19:30 in the evening, they are typically open from 17:30 to 20:30 in southern Spain. Often on Saturdays, only the morning hours are available. Spain has a habit of closing its stores on Sundays. More and more shops in Spain are operating outside of the hours shown above in specific places:
For instance, many stores are open for a longer period of time in tourist areas. Some stores are open 24/7 and don't even take a midday break. Many cities also have Sunday hours for their stores. In accordance with the city and area,
What are full-time and part-time work in Spain?
40 hours a week is the standard for full-time employment, and any overtime should be specified in your contract. In Spain, part-time labor is employment lasting up to 20 hours each week.
Which is the working days?
The usual working days for office employees in Spain are Monday-Friday.
In conclusion, while working hours in some regions of Spain may differ significantly from those in other nations, you can generally expect similar hours in Spain's major cities as in other European ones. It is important that you understand how the Spanish system operates before deciding on employment opportunities in this country. Now that you have all of these details covered you can start beginning your job search in Spain. If you already found a job and you are moving there soon we recommend you read our blog about how to get your NIE number once you arrive in the country.
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