Is there a mandatory 13th or 14th-month salary in Spain?

In Spain, there is no mandatory requirement for a 13th and 14th-month salary as part of the standard labor laws that apply to all employees. However, the payment of additional salaries, commonly referred to as "extra pay" or "pagas extraordinarias," is widespread and has become a standard practice in many sectors through collective bargaining agreements.

Typically, these extra payments are made twice a year, resulting in what might be considered a 13th and 14th-month salary. These payments are usually scheduled:

  • One around summer, often in June or July, to help with vacation expenses.
  • Another towards the end of the year, in December, to assist with Christmas and holiday expenses.

The exact timing and amount of these extra payments can vary depending on the specific collective bargaining agreement that applies to the employee's sector or company. These agreements may also outline conditions under which these payments are made, such as prorating the amount based on the employee's time with the company during the year.

It's important for employees to check their employment contract and the applicable collective bargaining agreement to understand their entitlements regarding extra pay. While not mandated by general Spanish labor law for all workers, these extra payments have become a customary part of the compensation package in many jobs across Spain.

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