The minimum working age is 16. Hiring an employee is normally formalized by a contract, although this is not a statutory requirement. Standard employment contracts in Spain are permanent, although temporary contracts for specific circumstances are also permitted by law.
Due to the lack of flexibility in the Spanish labour legislation, it is important to ensure that the most suitable type of contract is drawn up at the outset.
Employers cannot discriminate in the selection or promotion of employees on the grounds of sex, marital status, age, nationality, religion or race.