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Spain – Temporary workers earn a third less

02 July 2013

Temporary workers in Spain were paid on average -32.8% less than those on permanent contracts during 2011, according to the Structural Annual Salary Survey by the Spanish National Statistics Institute (INE). 

Temporary workers also experienced a drop in their income of -1.4%, between 2010 and 2011. In comparison, fulltime employees’ wages fell during the same period by only -0.3%. Temporary employees earned on average €16,463.14 (£14,073) compared with permanent employees, who earned €24,494.96 (£20,938.80) during the same period.

Wage distribution inequality between the sexes is significant. Male temporary workers experienced a greater fall in average wages -2.2%, compared with -0.4% for women, year-on-year. However, women received lower average salaries regardless of contract type, -8.9% for permanent contracts and -32.4% for temporary work. The proportion of workers with low earnings was 18.9% and of these 64.25% were women. 

Spanish workers were the only employees to earn above-average wages for permanent contracts with €23,429.41 (£20,066.10) for both sexes. Workers from other oarts of the European Union earned on average -18% less with €17,892.96 (£15,324.40), whereas employees from the rest of the world earned between -25% and -35% less than the average wage of €22,899.35 (£19,612.10). Overall, the average annual salary has increased +0.5% compared with last year.

Temporary employment figures in Spain are inclusive of workers not employed through temporary staffing agencies.

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