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How much does Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez earn?

Sánchez and his ministers have agreed to increase their salaries in 2022, a rise rejected for deputies and senators. How much will the Spanish PM and his ministers now earn?

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, seen here at the EU-Western Balkans summit in Slovenia in October 2021, will increase his wages by 2 percent in 2022. His salary (Photo by Joe Klamar / AFP)
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, seen here at the EU-Western Balkans summit in Slovenia in October 2021, will increase his wages by 2 percent in 2022. His salary (Photo by Joe Klamar / AFP)

Spain’s coalition PSOE and Unidas Podemos government has decided that the 2 percent salary increase agreed for civil servants in 2022 should also apply to the Prime Minister and his ministers.

This same salary bump-up was rejected a few weeks ago in the Spanish Parliament and the Senate for deputies and senators, but members of the Spanish government have included a wage increase for themselves in the country’s 2022 general budget, as presented by Tax Minister María Jesús Montero on Wednesday.

Three million public workers (funcionarios) in Spain will also benefit from a 2 percent wage increase in 2021.

Last year, the Spanish government had also initially decided it would raise ministers’ wages but u-turned on the decision at the last minute.

How much will Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez now earn?

Pedro Sánchez’s annual wages will go from being €84,845 per year to €86,542 per year, both gross amounts. 

That represents an annual wage increase of €1,696.92, making it a gross monthly salary of €7,211.

Spain’s three Deputy Prime Ministers Nadia Calviño, Teresa Ribera and Yolanda Díaz – all of whom hold other ministerial roles – will each earn €81,341 if the rise is finally approved.

All other ministers that form the Spanish Council of Ministers will see their wages climb from €74,858 to €76,355 gross a year.

The average gross annual salary in Spain in 2021 is €24,009, although there are big regional differences.

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Interestingly, Pedro Sánchez’s wages are not the highest among all Spanish officials. 

The salaries of members of Spain’s Constitutional Court are the highest among all the high positions of the Spanish State and the president of this body, Juan José González Rivas, has the best paid position of all: €160,728 gross a year. 

How do Pedro Sánchez’s wages compare to other world leaders’?

Sánchez’s proposed €86,542 gross a year is slightly lower than Boris Johnson’s annual PM earnings, of £79,496 (€93,803), and an additional £81,932 (€96,672) for being an MP.

It’s also less than half of what French president Emmanuel Macron is earning in 2021 – €182,400 – a far cry from the $400,000 (€344,486) US President Joe Biden gets and the departing German Chancellor Angela Merkel – €350,000 – the third highest in the world.

The highest paid head of state is Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong, with annual earnings of €1.38 million, followed far behind by Guy Parmelin of Switzerland with €456,900.

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‘A long way to go’: Spain’s domestics fight to end discrimination

For years, Aracely Sánchez went to work without counting her hours, always fearful she could lose her job from one day to the next.

'A long way to go': Spain's domestics fight to end discrimination

“They would always ask me to do more and more and more, as if I were a machine,” she told AFP of her employers at a house in Madrid.

Within a collective of domestic workers, this 39-year-old Mexican has been trying to assert her basic rights to have time off every week, to be paid for working overtime and to have unemployment cover.

But given the precarious nature of this type of work in Spain, it is a challenge.

“There are employers who are very humane and who respect us, but there are many who try to take advantage of the situation,” she explained.

“They say: if the job doesn’t suit you, there are plenty more where you came from.”

According to the Workers Commission union (CCOO), nearly 600,000 women serve as domestic staff in Spain where taking them on for housework, cooking or childcare is widespread.

Of that number, nearly 200,000 are undeclared, working in the black economy without an employment contract.

“Many of them come from Latin America and they don’t have papers and find themselves in a very vulnerable situation,” said Mari Cruz Vicente, the CCOO’s head of activism and employment.

‘Exposing violations’

Following a ruling by the EU’s Court of Justice (CJEU) and pressure from the unions, the government of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez adopted a reform this month aiming at ending the “discrimination” suffered by these workers.

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Under the changes, dubbed by the government as “settling a historic debt”, domestic workers are now entitled to claim unemployment benefits and cannot be dismissed without justification.

They will also be covered by healthcare “protection” and be able to access training to improve their “professional opportunities” and job conditions.

“This is a very important step forward,” said Vicente, while stressing the need to step up efforts to register those who are working without a contract and don’t benefit from the reform.

“This reform was very necessary,” said Constanza Cisneros of the Jeanneth Beltrán observatory which specialises in domestic workers’ rights.

“Spain was very behind. Every day we have people coming to us whose rights have been violated. We have to end such practices now,” she said.

“Such situations have to be exposed.”

SPAIN-DOMESTIC-WORKERS

Around 200,000 domestic workers who are working in the black economy without an employment contract will not benefit from Spain’s new labour reform. (Photo by Ezequiel BECERRA / AFP)

‘Not seen as people’

Mexican home help Sánchez has often experienced such abuses in more than two decades of employment.

In 2001, she arrived in Madrid to take up full-time employment caring for an elderly person for €350 a month.

She then spent the next 15 years working in short-term jobs, almost always without a contract, despite the fact she had a valid residency permit.

“When I said I wanted a contract, they never called me back. They didn’t want to pay contributions,” she said, describing her work as “undervalued” with domestic staff seen as “labourers” and not “as people”.

Amalia Caballero, a domestic worker from Ecuador, has had a very similar experience.

“We often finish very late, or they change our hours at the last minute assuming we’ll just fall in line. But we also have a life that we need to sort out,” said Caballero, 60.

She also talks about the “humiliations” often endured by those who live with their employers.

“One time, one of my bosses asked me why I showered every day. It was clear he thought (the hot water) was costing him too much money,” she told AFP.

But will such attitudes change with the reform?

“There’s still a long way to go,” she sighed, saying many domestic staff “have completed their studies” back home and even hold a degree.

“People need to recognise that,” she said.

Cisneros agreed.

“Our work needs to command greater respect, not least because it’s so necessary. Without staff to pick up the children, run the household and look after elderly people, what would families do?”

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