"That's a very naive view of Spanish employment practices. In the real world, most people, especially on the Costas, are paid cash in hand with no contract. If you are lucky, you may get a contract for 6 months or a year. After that, most employers will get rid of you before you become too expensive and too difficult to fire."
It's not naive at all!
It's the law!
Just about everyone and their dog knows that a lot of people out here are working for cash in hand, including lots of people who are 'officially' unemployed, however it is against the law to do so!
You ask anyone who works, or used to work, for an English Bar if they got fired from their previous job because the local plods came in a found out that they didn't have a contract of employment! And then ask the bar owner if they got fined!
I'm not condoning nor condemning people if they decide to work for 'black money', however people on forums like this that want to work in Spain need to know the law and their rights!
And the employment laws here in Spain are changing with regard to employment contracts, including making it easier to 'hire and fire', in an attempt to encourage employers to expand their workforce whilst still maintaining the rights of the employee.
On the 18th June 2010, Royal Decree Law 10/2010 (the Royal Decree Law) dated 16th June 2010 came into force, approving labour law reform in Spain.
I'm pretty sure there is an article on this around here somewhere, including lots more on employment laws in Spain.
This message was last edited by TechNoApe on 01/03/2011.