SPAIN – Minimum Salary Threshold Decreases
The Spanish National Institute of Statistics has published its annual report on salary levels in all sectors. This affects the minimum salary levels the immigration authorities expect to see for work permit applications processed via the Large Business Unit (Unidad de Grandes Empresas, or UGE), both for assignees, or transnationals, and for local hires, and for Blue Card applications. Minimum salary thresholds this year have decreased slightly, since, as a symptom of the ongoing economic crisis, salary levels in general in Spain have decreased.
New Minimum Salary Levels
Minimum salary levels should be assessed on a case by case basis, as the salary must correspond to the seniority of the position as well as the industry sector and the individual applicant’s personal circumstances (including number of dependents).
However, as an absolute minimum, work permit applications at the Large Business Unit (Unidad de Grandes Empresas, or UGE) should now show an annual gross salary of at least EUR28,001.24 (down from EUR28,254.40) for non-director positions or EUR56,002.48 for directors (down from EUR56,508.80).
Salary for Blue Card applications must be at least 1.5x the average gross annual salary for the specific job to be done, or 1.2x the average gross annual salary for specific shortage skills jobs (which must be listed each year by each EU member state and communicated to the European Commission). Thus, Blue Card applications are also affected by the recently announced average salary levels.