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Meta, IBM, Google, Amazon: How thousands of tech jobs are being created in Spain 

Tech workers who have dreamt of living and working in Spain are in luck, as some of the biggest tech companies in the world are looking to invest heavily in Spain in the coming months and years, creating thousands of jobs in the process. 

Meta, IBM, Google, Amazon: How thousands of tech jobs are being created in Spain 
The cloud computing race is on in Spain, meaning thousands of data centre jobs will be offered in the country in the coming years. (Photo by DAMIEN MEYER / AFP)

Meta, IBM, Google and Amazon are among the big players that have announced they will set up billion-euro data centres and other tech infrastructure in Spain in the coming years. 

In layman’s terms, data centres are buildings used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems. 

Some of the jobs on offer at data centres include data engineers, electrical and mechanical supervisors, project managers and surveyors, to name a few.

Although good news for a country which has struggled to diversify its economy past its dependency on tourism, Spain is currently struggling to find highly skilled IT and tech professionals to meet the existing demand. 

It remains to be seen if the new digital transformation plans that the Spanish government is developing with billions of euros in European funds will provide a solution to this shortage, but it does open the door to highly experienced foreign workers who wish to further their career in Spain. 

Here are more details on the projects and job creation targets announced by these major industry players which are investing heavily in cloud computing in Spain.  

Meta

Meta, the new name Facebook goes by, has committed to employing 2,000 new employees in Spain.

The social media giant, which also owns WhatsApp and Instagram, also plans to invest in Spain’s digital infrastructure with a new transatlantic cable and a €1 billion data centre in the town of Talavera de la Reina in the central Castilla-La Mancha region.

It will be Meta’s first data centre in southern Europe as the existing ones are located in Sweden, Denmark and Ireland. 

“As our company prepares to help build the metaverse, we are placing Spain at the centre of our plans by creating new highly-skilled jobs, supporting local tech companies and entrepreneurs, and investing in essential digital infrastructure, Vice President of Meta Javier Oliván said following his meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on March 15th. 

The company headed by Mark Zuckerberg has not yet specified what exactly its projects in Spain will be, but it has said that they will represent “an investment of several billion euros” and that they will provide more information about each project in due course.

What the tech giant has disclosed is that it will open the first Meta Lab in the world in Spain, a place of support and innovation for Meta’s remote workers, with space for technological entrepreneurs and startups.

The company, which will also double its office space in Madrid, has said its chosen to invest heavily in Spain because “it is at the forefront of European technology” and has two major technology centres in Madrid and Barcelona and two other smaller ones in Valencia and Andalusia.

Amazon

Amazon ‘s AWS (Amazon Web Services) cloud service will open three new data centres in Spain to improve the infrastructure in Spain, Europe and elsewhere. 

The online shopping giant currently has data centres throughout the world but not in Spain, where they are expected to be set up in 2022 and 2023. The northeastern region of Aragón is one of the chosen locations for these data centres.

Amazon estimates the projects will increase Spain’s GDP by around €1.8 billion and create 1,300 new jobs in the next ten years.

According to the company headed by Jeff Bezos, “Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering over 200 fully featured services from data centres globally”. 

Customers such as Telefónica use it to lower costs, become more agile, and innovate faster, for example through technology that allows clients to see the carbon footprint of their work.

Google 

The world’s most used search engine has already chosen Spain for its future cloud computing projects, with a Google Cloud region set to be created in the Spanish capital, which will include three data centres.

IBM

The American multinational technology corporation in 2021 announced it will open three data centres in Madrid and in the nearby towns of Alcobendas and Las Rozas.

It is expected the centres will be operational in 2023 and lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs. 

Oracle

Software giant Oracle has joined the race to develop cloud technologies in Spain, announcing in late 2021 that it would set up a data centre in Spain without specifying yet where this will be.

Microsoft

The company headed by Bill Gates opened a cloud region data centre in Spain in 2022 with the help of the Telefónica network and over the coming years is forecast to directly or indirectly create 55,000 jobs in Spain. 

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How to understand your payslip in Spain

If you’re an employee for a company in Spain, each month you should receive a payslip from your employer, detailing how much you earn, deductions and plenty more. Here's how to read and understand your Spanish payslip properly.

How to understand your payslip in Spain

It can sometimes be confusing working for a company in another country. Even if you work in English, your payslip, or nómina as it’s called here, can be hard to understand.  

According to the salary platform EMT, more than 50 percent of people in Spain don’t know how to read everything on their payslip and don’t fully understand all the numbers on there.

It’s important to be able to understand everything about the amount you’re getting paid and what’s being deducted from that amount each month so that you can stay on top of your finances. Read on for our handy guide to help you out. 

There are essentially three sections to your payslip, which include the header, the middle section detailing your earnings and deductions and the footer, where you’ll see the rates applied for your calculations.

Here’s an example of what a nómina or Spanish payslip usually looks like. 

Header

According to Spanish law, each payslip must have a header that identifies both the worker and the company. It should include:

Information about the company
Name of the company
Registered office of the company
Tax Identification Code (NIF)
Social Security Registration number

Information about you (the employee)
Full name
Your DNI, NIE or TIE
Your social security number
Position with the company
Professional group
Seniority level
Date you started working for the company

Middle section 

Settlement period or Periodo de liquidación
A payslip is in fact similar to an invoice, so it should include a settlement period where it states the number of days worked for the payment being received. This is typically one month or 30 working days.

Revenues and expenses/accruals or Devengos
The revenues and expenses part of your payslip will state the gross amount of income that you have earned for a particular period worked. It will include your base salary, as well as bonuses and extra non-salary payments that are not taxed as part of your salary. These include compensation or payments for redundancy and must not exceed 30 percent of your salary payments.

Base salary or Salario base
Your base salary is the minimum amount you get each month. This will be at least €1,000 which is the minimum wage or SMI set for 2022, if you are working a full day of at least 40 hours per week.

This section will also include:

Supplements or Plus Convenio
This will detail any extra amounts received in relation to your work, such as extra shifts covered, working overtime and payments for extra training.

Extraordinary bonuses or Gratificaciones extraordinarias
If you work in sales, you may regularly get bonuses, but you may also get extra ones at Christmas for example. You may actually receive 14 payments but will receive them 12 times a year or once per month.

Remuneration
This part refers to extra payments to which income tax can be applied such as payments for private medical insurance, petrol for a company car or restaurant coupons to use when you’re working away.

Expenses
This refers the expenses you have incurred in order to carry out your job. It could be the cost of material or transportation if these have previously been agreed upon with your employer.

Social security and benefits or Prestaciones e indemnizaciones de la Seguridad Social
There may also be added benefits for suspensions or dismissals, as well as expenses assumed by the company, such as disability or unemployment benefits.

At the end of all of this, with everything added together, you will see your total gross salary. It’s important to remember though that this isn’t the amount you will get in your bank account each month as there will be several deductions to take into account first.

Deductions or Deducciones

This section of your payslip includes all amounts taken away from your total gross salary in relation to income tax and social security payments. These will include:

Social security or Seguridad Social

Your social security covers for healthcare, sick pay, accidents at work, maternity or paternity pay or temporary disability, and although your employer pays this, you will be responsible for paying 4.70 percent, which will be taken away from your total.

Unemployment or Desempleo
This is the amount that will cover you for potential unemployment or redundancy should the situation arise and varies according to the type of contract you have. It could be anything from 1.55 percent for a fixed-term contract to 1.60 percent for a full-time contract.

Overtime due to force majeure or Horas extraordinarias por fuerza mayor
This will include any extra hours that you worked involuntarily.

Overtime without force majeure or Horas extraordinarias sin fuerza mayor
These are the extra hours you worked voluntarily and can incur withholdings up to 4.7 percent.

Personal income tax or Impuesto sobre la renta de la personas físicas

Your income tax or IRPF will also be taken away from your total gross salary before it appears in your bank account. The percentage that you are charged will vary depending on how much you earn as well as your personal situation, your family (including if you’re married and have children) and the type of contract you have.

Salary advances or Salario Anticipo
If you are allowed to get any advances on your salary, this will also be reflected in your payslip and deducted here.

Value of products you received
This refers to the products and services you may get from your company received as wages, which are also subject to income tax.  

Other deductions
Other deductions on your income tax may include union payments or loan repayments for example.

After all of this is calculated, you will be able to know the actual amount that you should finally receive. If you need to question anything, you can refer to the footer section, which will state the specific rates applied for your calculations

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