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Spain: Time off for job search

Phase: Management
Time off for job search
Utoljára módosítva: 24 October, 2017

Estatuto de los Trabajadores (ET); Real Decreto-ley 10/2010, de 16 de junio, de medidas urgentes para la reforma del mercado de trabajo

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Statute of Workers’ Rights; Royal Decree law 10/2010 of 16 June on urgent measures to reform the labour market


Article 53.2 of Statute of Workers’ Rights, modified by article 2.4 of Royal Decree law 10/2010


The employee is entitled to paid leave of six hours per week during the notice period to look for alternative employment when there is an ‘objective’ (justified by external circumstances) dismissal. These conditions apply to both individual and collective dismissals. This right is limited to the notice period which in 2010 was reduced from 30 to 15 days. 

According to Law 3/2012, objective dismissal due to economic  reasons is considered valid 'if a negative economic situation arises from the results of the enterprise, in cases such as the existence of current or foreseeable losses, or the persistent drop in its revenues or sales. In this case, a drop in revenue or sales is considered persistent when occurring during 9 consecutive months'. 


As described, workers are entitled to paid leave of six hours per week during the notice period to look for alternative employment, that is during the 15 days of notice period. There is, however, no evidence or data to assess to what extent workers actually avail of this right or to what extent this may improve their employment opportunities. 

Cost covered by
  • Employer
Involved actors other than national government
National goverment only
No, applicable in all circumstances
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