Recruiting in Spain: Relying on a Local Partner

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We are very close, we might seem like similar countries, but in terms of recruitment, we are not. Expanding into the Spanish labor market offers great potential for Italian businesses seeking growth, given the robust Spanish economy and the diverse base of qualified professionals.


  1. Labor regulations
  2. Work culture
  3. Skills and salary
  4. Language and communication
  5. Local network

A nuanced understanding of the particular Spanish job landscape is the starting point for international personnel recruitment. However, to successfully navigate the complexities of international hiring, a deep understanding of the target market where the resource will be placed emerges as an essential factor. Therefore, relying on a local partner for talent search and selection proves to be the most prudent solution for various reasons.

1 . Labor Regulations

The Labor legislation in Spain may significantly differ from that in Italy. Familiarity with local labor regulations ensures that selection practices comply with the law and that the job offer meets the expectations of the prospective hire. Considerations include worker protection policies, social security requirements, dismissal policies, and unemployment compensations. Being adept at dealing with local legislation not only reduces legal risks but also demonstrates a commitment to corporate ethics and integrity.

2 . Work Culture

Each country assigns different importance to the balance between private life and work and the significance of personal relationships in the workplace. It's essential to understand the value placed on personal relationships in the spanish workplace and how these can influence employee productivity and satisfaction. Adapting recruitment practices to these cultural characteristics maximizes the effectiveness of the process, and facilitates the management of employee expectations.

3 . Technical Skills and Salary Expectations

Spain is particularly active in IT, engineering, tourism, and renewable energy sectors. However, there may be potential differences in the training and education of resources in these sectors that may require certifications or additional skills to align with Italian standards. Collaborating with a local partner facilitates the exchange of crucial information for the completion of a perfect selection process. It's also necessary to evaluate the adjustment of salary expectations to the Spanish economic context and the relative cost of living to structure an ethical and as fair as possible remuneration offer.

4 . Effective Language and Communication

Effective communication is crucial not only for assessing candidates' skills but also for fully understanding their experiences and abilities. A multilingual approach facilitates the building of strong relationships with candidates and improves mutual understanding. Relying on a local partner ensures not only clear communication but also understanding and respect for cultural differences.

5 . Local Network

To recruit talents in Spain and best meet the needs of our Italian clients, MCS relies on Servitalent, our Spanish partner in Talentor International. Thanks to Servitalent, we can count on a strong local network that gives us access to a broader and more diversified talent pool and provides us with a key perspective on local market trends and needs. Collaborating with a local partner with a deep understanding of the spanish market facilitates local hiring or the development of cohesive and functional teams while respecting the cultural, legal, and linguistic peculiarities of the diverse and rich Spain.