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Spain: Recruitment and selection

Original and updating authors: Jesus Gimeno and Javier Gutierrez, Jones Day


  • Discrimination in recruitment and selection is outlawed on various grounds. (See Discrimination)
  • Generally, job adverts addressed only to a specific gender (whether male or female) are considered to be discriminatory. (See Advertising vacancies)
  • Part-time employees have priority for full-time vacancies that arise with their employer, if they want full-time employment. (See Priority for employment)
  • Generally, children under 16 cannot work, and there are special rules for employees aged under 18. (See Young people and children)
  • There are restrictions on the employment of nationals of countries outside the other 27 EU member states and the EEA countries. (See Foreign nationals)
  • All employers with 50 or more employees must, in principle, ensure that at least 2% of their workforce is made up of people with officially recognised disabilities. (See Employment quota for people with disabilities)