Working environment


In Tenerife, and Spain, people who are self-employed are known as “autónomo”. Being autónomo means that you contribute to the Spanish Social Security System and have to declare your earnings and pay taxes.
When you register as an autónomo you will have to pay different different rates depending on the time you have been a self-employed for.

Types of contracts

In Spain there two main groups of type  of contracts: indefinite and temporary (or fixed-term).

A working day

Working hours, in general, are set to a maximum of 40 hours per week of effective work. As with wages, collective agreements or individual work contracts can modify this arrangement but never exceed the established maximum working hours.

Social Security

As a general rule, all employers, their workers, self-employed workers, members of production cooperatives, among others, must register and are obliged to contribute to the Spanish Social Security System.


Employees are entitled to a minimum of 30 calendar days of vacation per year. This leave cannot be replaced by a financial compensation

Paid leaves

There are reasons that enable employees to get paid time off, for example: marriage, birth of children, moving house, hospitalisatio, death of relatives up to the second degree of kinship, accident, severe illness, compliance with public and personal duties, performance of trade union duties, etc