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Probation period in Spain.

Learn about the probation period in Spain thanks to Horizons’ up-to-date guide.

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What is the standard probationary period in Spain?

The standard probation period offered to employees in Spain is three months.

For indefinite-term contracts (which make up the majority of employment contracts), the maximum legal probation period is six months. For non-qualified workers, the maximum is two months.

Any sick leave taken during this time will suspend the probation period until the employee returns to work.

Can an employer extend the probationary period in Spain?

The employer can extend the probationary period in Spain up to a maximum of 6 months total. However, such a possibility for extension must be specified in the employment contract. If, for example, the employer and employee agree to a 3 month probationary period, it should be specified in the employment contract that the probation period may be extended for a maximum of 3 more months. If it is not specified in the employment contract, there is no legal basis for extending the probationary period.

Can I dismiss an employee during their probation period in Spain?

When terminating an employee during their probation period, there is no mandatory notice period or requirement to give a reason for termination.

Do employees in Spain have to give notice during the probation period?

No, employees in Spain do not have to give notice during their probation period.

Frequently asked questions

In Spain, employers are not required to give notice before terminating employment during the probation period.

In Spain, employees are not required to give notice before terminating employment during the probation period.

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