Updated 10 December 2016: The Government has approved a rise of 8% in the minimum wage for 2017, which will therefore increase from the current €655.20 per month to €707.60. The news, which was announced last week, took some by surprise given the absolutely minimal increases or even freezes of the last few years. Even so, the new minimum wage has been denounced as insufficient by unions, some of whom had been arguing for a rise to €800 a month. The new rates as now confirmed will come into force on 1 January and will require employers to pay no less than €707.6 a month for 14 payments a year (two double payments), meaning a minimum annual salary of €9.906.40 for full-time employees. There are different calculations for those in part-time, temporary or home work: click on the link above for details.
Updated 29 December 2015: The Government has approved a rise of 1% in the minimum wage for 2016, which will increase from €648.60 to €655.20, representing an annual wage of €9,172.80 (link). For homeworkers or those paid by hourly rate, the minimum wage will be €5.13 per hour. Temporary or seasonal workers who are contracted for less than 120 days will have a minimum wage of €31.03 per day. Unions have criticized the increase on the grounds that it provides workers with only €7 more a month, which they say goes nowhere near covering rising costs, but this is the nevertheless the biggest increase for some time: last year’s rise was just haf a percent, and in 2014 the minimum wage was frozen at 2013’s level.
Updated 26 December 2014: The Spanish Government is to raise the minimum wage in 2015 by half a percent, equivalent to an increase of €3.30 a month. This takes the minimum wage from €645.30 to €648.60 a month, assuming the traditional 2 extra monthly payments, and so an annual wage of €9,080.40, as opposed to the €9,034.20 it has been for the past two years The government recognized that the rise is “modest”, but said that it was an improvement on last year when the amount was frozen, and that it was now at the rate of inflation or better.
Updated 26 December 2013: The Spanish Government is to freeze the minimum wage in 2014 at 2013’s rates, which will mean €645.30 monthly, an equivalent of €21.51 per day, and equating to €9,034.20 p.a. This assumes the tradition of 14 monthly payments, equating to an actual monthly wage of €752.85. For homeworkers or those paid by hourly rate, the minimum wage will be €5.05 per hour. Temporary workers will have a minimum wage of €30.57.
This is the second year that this Government has frozen the minimum wage – they did the same in 2012 just after coming into power. Unions are expected to object to the proposals on the grounds that the measure is an effective reduction in workers’ pay, but they have been given virtually no time to submit their complaints: the measure is expected to be approved tomorrow morning in Cabinet.
Updated 9 January 2013: The minimum wage for 2013, as published in the Real Decreto 1717/2012 of 28 December 2012, has increased 0.6% from 2012. The new monthly minimum wage is €645.30, an equivalent of €21.51 per day, and equating to €9,034.20 p.a. For homeworkers or those paid by hourly rate, the minimum wage is €5.05 per hour. Temporary workers will have a minimum wage of €30.57.
As Mark Fradley says in the comments below, “if one was receiving €645.30 p.m they would get 14 monthly payments, a summer and winter extra wage thus spread out over the year the minimum take home monthly wages are €752.85 which equates to the minimum annual wages of €9,034.20 its an extra €107.55 p.m”.
Updated 28 December 2011: The new conservative Government led by Mariano Rajoy has frozen the minimum wage for 2012. It will remain at 2011’s rate of €641 per month despite requests from Unions to raise it in line with inflation. The freeze on minimum pay rates will be approved by the Cabinet on Friday.
Original post 30 December 2010: Spanish PM José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has announced that the minimum wage will rise by 1.3% for 2011, to €641 a month. In 2010, it was set at €633.30. ZP said that the rise shows the govermnent’s understanding of the difficulties workers face in the present economic climate, and the effort the Government was making to help them, regardless of how difficult it was to raise the minimum wage for the coming year.
The minimum wage has risen some 37% since 2004, increasing from €460.50 a month to the €641 now approved for 2011. The new rate equates to €8,979.60 per annum, an equivalent of €21.38 per working day. For casual or temporary staff, defined as those who work less than 120 days for the same business, the minimum wage is €30.39 per working day, the higher daily rate being some compensation for the lack of long-term contracted employment. LO