Basic Country Requirements in Spain

Probation period, working hours, and public holidays.

Updated on March 13th, 2023

What are the public holidays in Spain?

There are 14 public holidays in Spain each year, which are considered non-working days. Of these 14 days, 12 are determined at the national and regional level (and can vary by region). The additional 2 days are determined by each town. 

  • New Year’s Day (Jan 1)
  • Epiphany (Jan 6, 2023)
  • Good Friday (Varies)
  • Easter Day (Varies) 
  • Labor Day (May 1)
  • Assumption Day (Varies)
  • National Day of Spain (Fiesta Nacional de España) (Oct 12)
  • All Saints’ Day (Nov 1)
  • Constitution Day (Dec 6)
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception Day (Dec 8)
  • Christmas Day (Dec 25)

Please note that autonomous regions can set their own public holidays, but at least 12 days need to be non-working days.

What is the probation period in Spain?

Probationary periods in Spain are permitted, but they must be set out in writing in order to be considered valid and enforceable. For qualified and skilled employees, the maximum term for a probationary period is 6 months, and for all other employees it is 2 months. Fixed-term contracts of less than 6 months may only have a probationary period of up to 1 month at a maximum.

What is the notice period in Spain? 

Please see Terminations and Offboarding in Spain page.

What are the working hours in Spain?

The maximum number of working hours in Spain is 40 hours per week on average over the course of one year. The maximum working day is 9 hours. Employers must provide employees with records on the amount of overtime work each month.