All About Hiring Employees in Spain

Get the information you need to hire in Spain and learn how Justworks EOR can help you streamline international hiring and manage employees abroad.

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The Benefits of an EOR for Hiring in Spain

Hiring compliantly in Spain can be difficult for employers. Especially, because Spanish law groups jobs into different categories with specific regulations. Justworks EOR helps you manage local HR processes for direct employment such as work visas and permits, benefits, payroll, background checks, and more. Our experts will provide hyper-local insights into hiring and managing employees in Spain. With our transparent pricing, start with one employee and scale up at your own pace.

Opening Up an Entity

Setting up an entity in Spain can take months since it requires a nuanced understanding of Spanish labor laws and best hiring practices. 

You’ll need to: 

  • Set up a local branch with a local bank account

  • Register with local institutions 

  • Maintain a presence in the country

  • Find law partners 

  • Hire an accounting firm to run payroll 

  • Hire an internal HR team

Protections Against Discrimination

Spain has strict laws to prevent discrimination in the workplace. During interviews, employers are prohibited from asking discriminatory questions related to sex, marital status, race, nationality, and other protected characteristics. Additionally, access to criminal records is restricted to specific state agencies, and employers can only obtain information about an individual's criminal record if the individual chooses to disclose it voluntarily.

Drafting Employment Agreements

Employment contracts are legally required for certain employees, but it’s best practice to give all employees an employment agreement that lays out the working relationship in Spanish. Employers must draft a strong employment contract before the employee’s start date. 

All employment contracts in Spain should include details on: 

  • Compensation

  • Benefits

  • Termination requirements

  • Probation periods

Ready to Hire Confidently in Spain?

Justworks EOR makes building your global team seamless by helping you hire and onboard talent in Spain and beyond more quickly. Save yourself the time and hassle of international hiring today.