Work Schedules and Holidays

Learn about a typical work week, shopping and banking hours, vacation/holiday time, maternity/parental leave policies and get a list of public holidays.

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Hours of Work

Spaniards mainly work a ‘split shift’ (jornada partida) from 9 am until 7:30 pm, with a two and a half-hour lunch break in the middle of the day. However, this schedule may vary depending on the season and the region (with differences mainly between the north and the south of Spain, and with slight schedule changes during the winter and summer months), and also depending on the company work philosophy. In fact, in recent years, different international companies, as well as some communities, have advocated the idea of bringing Spain closer to European working hours and adjusting to the full-time work day (jornada complete) with only a short lunch break.   

Vacation and Leave

Annual leave is negotiated either in one’s employment contract or by a collective bargaining agreement. There is a statutory minimum of 30 calendar days for long-term and indefinite contract employees, and a pro-rated minimum (based on 30 calendar days) for temporary contract employees.

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