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Remote working: the jobs in Spain you’ll be able to do from home after the pandemic

The pandemic has shown millions of workers in Spain the benefits of remote working, although many employers are now asking staff to return to their workplaces. Here are some of the most in-demand jobs in Spain where remote working will be allowed once Covid restrictions end.

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The remote working jobs you can carry on doing from home in Spain once Covid restrictions end. Photo: Stefan Vladimirov/Unsplash

As September begins, many companies across Spain are calling their workers back into the office and putting an end to the remote working practices that became so common during the pandemic. 

The return to the office in Spain isn’t at pre-pandemic levels yet, with Google Mobility data for late August showing that commuting flows are 42 percent lower than normal in Madrid and 34 percent lower than pre-Covid standards in Barcelona. 

A lot of employers are considering a hybrid work model of part office time and part remote working, what 80 percent of employees in Spain called for in a April 2021 survey by real estate consultancy company CBRE (three days a week working from home).

On the other hand, 83 percent of Spanish CEOs surveyed said they preferred a full five-day return to the office for their staff, which suggests that once Covid infection rates and restrictions become a thing of the past, many bosses will change their stance on the hybrid model. 

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Nonetheless, some Spanish jefes (bosses) do now recognise the long-term benefits of remote working and are actively recruiting workers to carry out their job responsibilities from home, now and in the future. 

In fact, the number of job vacancies in Spain which involve working from home has risen by more than 200 percent. 

According to a new study by the Spanish branch of international HR giants Adecco, there has been a big increase in remote job ads for administrative business assistants (up by 237 percent), accountants (up by 301 percent), telemarketers (up by 302 percent), Development Ops engineers (up by 166 percent) and a real estate agents (up by 150 percent).

Despite these big rises in Spanish job vacancies offering remote working options, they still only represent 0.3 percent of the total jobs available in Spain. 

Here are some of the most in-demand remote working jobs in Spain you can try and get if you want to continue working remotely: 

Digital marketer

Jobs in digital marketing have increased by 61 percent during the pandemic as more and more companies decide to dedicate more resources to online activities. These types of digital marketing jobs could include social media coordinator, digital marketing consultant or marketing expert. You will find many of these types of jobs being advertised on Linkedin. 

Customer service specialist

According to Adecco, a customer support job that you can do over the telephone is the position which offers the most remote working opportunities. These include positions related to customer or technical support, such as a customer service specialist, contact centre specialist, customer contact representative and a technical support advisor. Two of the largest companies that have recently been recruiting for these types of positions in Spain are Amazon and Webhelp.

Digital content creator 

During the pandemic in particular, demand for digital content has increased rapidly. In fact, according to data from Linkedin, digital content increased by 63 percent in 2020. This means that there is an increase in the need for digital content creators. This could include jobs such as copywriters, content writers, social media executives, and image and video content creators. 

Remember that there are fewer full-time digital content creator gigs going and many more short-term projects, so it’s more than likely that you’ll need to sign up to be an autónomo or freelancer to be able to invoice companies for these types of jobs. 

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Web and app developer 

The rise of big tech companies has in turn seen an increase in jobs for web and app developers across all types of industries. These types of jobs are ideal for doing remotely or from home, and include positions such as back-end developer, game developer, cloud systems architect and game designer.

According to Spanish finance website El Economista, 85 percent of all hires of web and app developers in 2020 were men with an average age of 26 years, however just because you may not fit into those categories doesn’t mean you can’t get a job in this field. As long as you have the right qualifications and experience in this area, these remote jobs are available. 

Estate agent

Jobs for real estate agents have increased by 150 percent during the pandemic and are a great option for those who want to work remotely. You will of course have to travel to show your clients around the properties, but the majority of the admin and advertising work can be done from home. According to online Spanish property giants Fotocasa, 70 percent of real estate agents were able to operate remotely during the pandemic. 

Accountant

An accountant is another position that can easily be done remotely and doesn’t require you to commute to an office. According to Adecco, remote accounting jobs were up by 301 percent during the pandemic. This is another job where you may need to register as an autónomo or freelancer unless you are employed by one company rather than several clients. 

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What’s the inheritance tax in each region of Spain?

Inheritance tax varies greatly in Spain depending on what region you or your relations live in. Find out what the rates are in your area in 2022.

What's the inheritance tax in each region of Spain?

Spain’s inheritance or succession tax, known as ‘impuesto de sucesiones‘ is both complex and controversial, but it’s important to understand how it works in order to avoid any unfortunate financial surprises when a loved one with a connection to Spain passes away. 

Spanish inheritance tax is decided by the Spanish State but all of the country’s 17 regions have the right to change these rules to make them more beneficial or detrimental to heirs, luckily the general trend is towards the former. 

The succession tax rates will differ depending on how much is inherited, ranging from 7.65 percent on the first €7,933 up to 34 percent on €797,555+. 

There are many factors to consider, such as which category heirs and other beneficiaries fall into, or the fact that in Spain the spouse of the deceased is also subject to inheritance tax, which is not the case in the UK and many other countries.

What are the different groups of heirs in Spain?

As mentioned above, there are several categories or groups that heirs can fall into and this will depend on how much allowance they can benefit from. The groups are the following:

Group 1: Children under 21 years of age

Group 2: Children over 21 years of age, spouses and parents

Group 3: Siblings, nieces, nephews, as well as aunts and uncles

Group 4: Cousins or more distant relations

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What are the inheritance rates in my region?

Andalusia

In Andalusia, the inheritance tax rate varies between 7 percent and 36 percent, depending on the value of the inheritance. However, recently the Andalusian government approved, through a Royal Decree, a reduction of 99 percent, both for inheritance and gift tax for those who are included in groups 1 and 2.

Aragón

In Aragón there is 100 percent discount on the tax base, with a limit of €3,000,000 for descendants under the age of 21 or for those that have a disability. In addition, the spouse, parents or descendants of the deceased may also benefit from a reduction of 100 percent of the tax base.

Asturias

In Asturias there is an allowance of €300,000 for those groups 1 and 2. For all other groups, it establishes various reductions included in the state regulations. In addition, in case of inheriting a home, the bonus will be between 95 and 99 percent, depending on its value.

Balearic Islands

In the Balearic Islands, for those in groups 1 and 2, deductions of €25,000 are applied, plus €6,250 per year that the taxpayer is under the age of 21, up to a maximum of €50,000. For those in group 3, a deduction of €8,000 is applied and for those in group 4, it’s €1,000. An allowance of €48,000 will also be made for those with disabilities.

Basque Country

For those in groups 1 and 2 in the Basque Country, inheritances with an amount less than €400,000 are not required to pay taxes. When the amount is greater than €400,000, a tax rate of 1.5 percent will be applied.

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Canary Islands
Those in group 1 get an allowance of €47,859, while those in group 2 get an allowance of €15,957. Those in group 3 will get €7,993, while those in group 4 get no allowance at all. After the deduction, inheritance tax rates are calculated on the remaining balance which range between 7.65 percent and 34 percent on anything above €797,555.

Cantabria

For those in group 1, there is a reduction of €50,000 plus €5,000 for each year the taxpayer is under 21. For those in group 2, it’s also €50,000 and for those in group 3, it’s €25,000.

Castilla La-Mancha

In Castilla La-Mancha those in groups 1 and 2 will benefit from discounts ranging from 80 percent to 100 percent, depending on the amount of the payable base.

Castilla y León

Castilla y León allows reductions for children spouses and parents. Those in groups 1 and 2 will benefit from an allowance of €60,000. An additional reduction of €6,000 will be applied for each year the taxpayer is under the age of 21. A variable reduction will also be applied, which is calculated as the difference between €400,000, plus the sum of the previous amounts and the state deductions.

Catalonia

In Catalonia, spouses will receive a bonus of 99 percent and the rest of the heirs in groups 1 and 2 may apply a bonus that varies between 57 percent and 99 percent, depending on the tax base.

Extremadura

A bonus of 99 percent is applied for amounts of up to €300,000 euros between parents, children and spouses.  

Galicia

In Galicia, heirs in group 1 have an allowance on amounts up to €1,000,000, plus there is a reduction of €100,000 for each year the beneficiary is younger than 21, with a limit of €1,500,000. For those in group 2, the reduction varies between €900,000 and €400,000, depending on the taxpayer’s age. In the cases of groups 3 and 4, the bonus will be €16,000 or €8,000. The applicable rate in Galicia stands at between 5 and 18 percent, which is well below the rest of the regions. 

La Rioja

Those who inherit in La Rioja benefit from a deduction of 99 percent of the tax quota if the tax base is less than or equal to €500,000. The deduction will be 98 percent for amounts that exceed €500,000.

Madrid

Madrid applies a discount of 99 percent of the tax quota for taxpayers included in groups 1 and 2. In addition, for the heirs included in group 3, it establishes a discount of 15 percent or 10 percent, depending on what relation they are to the deceased.

Murcia

In the region of Murcia, the law includes a deduction of 99 percent for those in groups 1 and 2. Likewise, for the rest of the heirs, it also recognises different reductions depending when the money is inherited and the amount to be received.

Navarre

In Navarre no discounts are applied, but how much tax varies according to what group you fall under. Spouses for example have a rate of 0 percent up to €250,000, and 0.80 percent from there upwards. In the case of descents and parents, the applicable rate varies between 2 percent and 16 percent.

Valencia

In Valencia discounts of 75 percent are applied for those in group 1 or 50 percent for those in group 2. In case the of those with disabilities, the taxpayer will also receive a bonus of 75 percent.

Case study example

For example, in the case of a 30-year-old son who inherits assets worth €800,000 euros, the most amount of tax would be paid in Asturias, with at €103,135.48; followed by Castilla y León €81,018.76; Valencian €63,193.76; Aragon €55,466.81; La Rioja €32,342.86; Castilla-La Mancha €31,759.23 and the Canary Islands €31,748.63. 

These regions would be followed by Navarre €17,000; Catalonia €9,796.89; the Balearic Islands €5,950; the Basque Country €3,150; Murcia €1,640.49; Extremadura €1,587.96 and Madrid €1,586.04). Andalusia, Cantabria and Galicia have a net quota of 0.

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