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Spain - The economic crisis has only had a minimal impact on labour force mobility

27 July 2009

The latest figures on labour mobility published by The Centre for Economic Outlook of the University of Madrid (CEPREDE) and The Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett) reveal that the current high unemployment of 18% has only increased Spanish labour mobility by 10% to 12.5% points, which is one of the lowest in Europe.

Labour mobility figures are even worse between “independent��VbCrLf Spanish provinces (Catalonia, Madrid, Basque Country, etc) where they are only 8.2% of the working population.


A recent Manpower report states that the number of contracts with interprovincial implications has even been reduced by 10.9%. On the other hand, 62.2% of Spanish employers consider work force mobility to be a highly important factor both in terms of moving outside the place of birth and in terms of frequent business travel.
One of the major reasons for this geographical inflexibility of Spanish workers is the extremely high home ownership. 83% of Spanish citizens own their homes compared to a 65% European average and only 50% in Germany.

The most geographically mobile workers are foreigners with a mobility rate of 17.4%.

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