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The labour market reform changes the sectoral distribution of contracts by duration: those sectors with a greater weight in shorter duration contracts, such as Accommodation and food service activities and Agriculture, forestry and fishing, lose importance and the rest of the activities gain it.

Seven months after its entry into force, the labor reform has many bright spots, but also some shadows. Continuous evaluation could prevent the reduction in temporary employment from being overshadowed by the increase in turnover and the partial nature of new permanent contracts.

Permanent contracts increased by 209% in the first half of 2022 compared to pre-pandemic records, while temporary contracts fell by 37%, bringing the temporary employment ratio to its lowest level since 1985. However, it is still too early to a…

The May 2022 contract statistics confirmed the upturn in permanent contracts, especially among younger people, and the fall in the number of temporary contracts, focused on those of indefinite duration.

The increase in temporary employment boosted Social Security enrollment (213,600 people) last month, while unemployment fell (-99,500 people). Seasonally adjusted, this pattern was maintained. Employment grew (70,000 people) and the temporary e…

The contracts statistics confirmed the increase in permanent contracts and the reduction in temporary ones. As a result, the temporary employment ratio declined, especially among the youngest people.

Affiliation increased last month (184,600 people) -driven by permanent employment- and unemployment fell (-86,300 people). Seasonally adjusted, this pattern was maintained. Employment grew (90,000) and the temporary employment ratio fell (to 58%) and unemployment (-50,000).

Enrollment increased in March (140,200 persons), temporary employment fell (to 69.3%) and unemployment barely change (-2,900 persons). Seasonally adjusted, this pattern was confirmed. In 1Q22, Social Security affiliation (1.2% t/t CVEC) and hir…

Social Security affiliaton increased last month (67,100 jobs) while temporary hiring and unemployment fell (to 78.1% and -17,200 unemployed), in line with expectations. Seasonally adjusted, this performance was maintained: 88,000 more jobs, 74,…

Once the labor reform has been approved, the next step will be to evaluate its effects, although mostly they will only be seen in the medium and long term. The authorities must ensure that the fall in temporary employment does not come at the e…

The new labor reform was achieved with a social consensus. It clears up uncertainties, makes several improvements and avoids going back on key progress made in the last decade. But it is not ambitious enough to solve the structural problems of the Spanish labor market.

Though 2022 should be a better year for GDP growth in the Spanish economy than 2021, the current outlook is also far more uncertain than it was a year ago, due to the appearance of new risks and an increase in existing ones — making forecasts even more volatile.