27 July 2005
Spanish workers’ reported satisfaction with their work has been steadily increasing since 1999. According to the 2004 Spanish survey on quality of life in the workplace, workers declare that they are particularly satisfied with health and safety conditions at work, work organisation and relationships with colleagues. Other issues such as pay and participation issues are not regarded in such a favourable light. The survey also reveals that considerable differences remain between the sexes in carrying out household chores and in caring activities with children and older people.
09 January 2005
The Spanish Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs published an article in June 2004 on how salaries are set in Spain (Formación de salarios en la economía española - 2Mb pdf; in Spanish ). The paper seeks to identify the factors that play a role in determining salaries, and to assess whether pay differences by gender and type of contract are subject to discrimination.  http://www.mtas.es/publica/revista/numeros/51/Inf03.pdf
25 June 2004
Part-time work has become increasingly commonplace in the European Union. This report explores the profile of part-time workers and analyses the main factors underlying the development of part-time work practices. It also analyses the quality of work and employment conditions faced by part-time workers, such as the level of satisfaction with working hours, employment tenure and contract conditions, wage conditions, job content and career development, and exposure to hazards and working time determinants. This report has been elaborated within the framework of the European Working Conditions Observatory. It combines pan-European central sources (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Eurostat reports and studies) and national information collected from a network of seven European correspondents.
20 June 2004
The Spanish Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs  published a report in February 2004 analysing the basic features of self-employment in Spain (/Empleo Autónomo y Empleo Asalariado: Análisis de las características y comportamiento del autoempleo en España/ - /Self-employment and salaried employment: Analysis and characteristics of self-employment in Spain/ ). The report highlights in particular the link between self-employment and female employment, and looks at self-employment as a way of encouraging more women to enter the labour market.  http://www.mtas.es/
31 May 2004
The survey on quality of life in the workplace (in Spanish; Encuesta de Calidad de Vida en el Trabajo 2003) is carried out annually by the Spanish Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. This is a summary of the 2003 results. Main findings are that: in general, Spanish workers are satisfied at work; most of them approve of their safety conditions; feel positive about relations with their colleagues; and stress levels seem to have gone down. However, the gender gap remains particularly acute when it comes to types of contracts, working hours, carrying out household chores, and taking care of children and the elderly.
05 November 2003
On 2 October 2003 all the political parties currently represented in the Spanish Parliament approved a set of recommendations  /(pdf file)/ on pension reform that were made to the government and social partners. Only the Izquierda Unida (United Left) party abstained. These recommendations are an updating of the so-called ‘ Pacto de Toledo ’ /(pdf file)/ , an agreement signed in 1995 by the major political parties to ensure the future feasibility and sustainability of the Spanish public pension system.  http://www.congreso.es/public_oficiales/L7/CONG/BOCG/D/D_596.PDF  http://www.congreso.es/public_oficiales/L5/CONG/BOCG/E/E_134.PDF