Spain employment 2015: More temporary and part-time workers, lower wages

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The economic recovery paints a new employment picture in Spain: flexibility is the new clear driver. Jobs are more precarious, wages have shrunk.

Fedea researchers estimated that 16% of the permanent contracts in 2007 were transformed into autonomous or temporary ones, with income losses for workers between 10 and 50%. Of  the indefinite contracts, 18% disappeared.

New hires are mostly temporary and in many cases workers can group together a lot of temporary contracts which might eventually lead to permanent ones. But employers are still leery of the indefinite contract and want to remain as free as possible to be able to dismiss workers if things get complicated.

About the Author

Fernando Gonzalez Urbaneja
Over 30 years working in economic journalism. Fernando was founder and chief-editor at El País, general editor at the business daily Cinco Días, and now teaches at Universidad Carlos III. He's been president of the Madrid Press Association and the Spanish Federation of Press Associations. He's also member of the Spanish press complaints commission.

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