Spaniards choose job security over high wages

Steve Tallantyre
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Spaniards choose job security over high wages
Some 91 percent of Spaniards believe there is no such thing as stable employment in their country. Photo: Phillipe Huguen/AFP

Almost two thirds of Spaniards would accept lower wages in return for greater job security, more than any other country in Europe and second only to India in global times.


The Spanish are very pessimistic about their work prospects, the new Workmonitor survey of 14,000 people by human resources specialists Randstad shows.

Online daily reported that the percentage of Spanish workers willing to take a pay cut in exchange for guaranteed job security is higher than in any other country in the world apart from India (68.8 percent), and well above the international average of 38.7 percent.

A total of 91 percent of Spaniards believe that there is no such thing as stable employment in their country, a figure topped only by Greece (93.4 percent) and Hungary (93.1 percent).

That compares with an international average of 21 percent.

Spain leads the list of those who would rather have part-time work than no work at all with 94 percent, followed by the Czech Republic, New Zealand and the UK.

Sixty percent of Spanish workers think that part-time work can lead to full-time employment compared with an international average of 73 percent.

Young people often accept jobs below their level of education and training according to 91 percent of the Spanish surveyed, while 86.5 percent think the same about the over-55s.

Emigration is an option under consideration for the 57.2 percent who would move to another country to find a job suitable for their professional profile.

Randstad figures released earlier in the month revealed that the expectation of finding work in Spain is lower than in any other major European country. 


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