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 the country, and with slight schedule changes during the winter and summer months). Some international firms and communities are advocating for the country to mirror European working hours (jornada complete) with only a short lunch break.   

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health emergency, the government has imposed strict lockdown measures nationwide and many businesses remained closed for several consecutive weeks. Many employees are working from home during the pandemic, so it is recommended to check in advance regarding whether a store or an office has resumed their in-person business activities and what public health measures must be respected before visiting the place.

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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