The differences at work in Spain
As you know, all over the world, there are many cultural differences in any field. Working in a company with many cultural differences can be unsettling at first, but it’s just a matter of learning more about the country’s cultural practices to connect with them the most!
In this article you will learn more about the cultural differences at work that Spain can present, how to deal with them and how to benefit from them.
The first difficulty you will face is obviously the language barrier. This first difficulty can be daunting, especially in multicultural companies. The goal of your stay is to grow and learn both professionally and personally. Learning a language is therefore one of the best solutions to integrate into a multicultural company.
Spain is known for adopting a very different rhythm from other European countries! Indeed, you will have to get used to a different schedule than in your country of origin. Spaniards prefer to work later hours. Depending on the region, this rhythm may vary. Work starts around 10am and the morning does not end until 2pm! In the hottest regions of Spain such as Andalusia, the Valencian Community or Murcia, the siesta is widespread, and this is due to the high temperatures that do not allow to work in good conditions. The working day will then generally resume around 4 pm and end around 10 pm.
Spain is also known for its generally warm welcome. Spanish companies create friendly internal relations, sometimes even friendly, regardless of the different levels of hierarchy, which may surprise foreigners. However, it is important to remember that the Spanish attach great importance to the level of education acquired by an employee, so you will sometimes be judged on your schooling and the level achieved.
There is also a big difference in Spain: the remuneration. In France, every internship lasting more than two months and one day must be paid, but in Spain this is not the case! There are two different types of internships: the “Beca de practicas”, which is an internship within the framework of a university or professional training, and the “Contrato laboral de practicas”, an internship that is carried out after obtaining a diploma, over a period of 6 months to 2 years. This is an optional course.
The Beca de Practicas is a work experience that does not have any regulations regarding remuneration, so you will only have to agree with the company if they want to pay you compensation and how much. In the case of the contratos laboral de practicas, the minimum salary is progressive (less than 60% of the minimum salary in the first year and 75% in the second year).
Frequently asked questions about differences at work in Spain
How do Spaniard’s work?
Spaniards work relatively like the French. Some companies, however, are more professional and passionate about their business.
Is the Spanish pace the same as the French?
The Spanish rhythm is similar to that of the French, except for the hours, which are different.