Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and has experienced economic boom during the past years. It is very accessible in every city in Europe due to networks of road, rail, air and sea connections.
The city is a major cultural center; its theaters, museums architectures, design and music play the most important part of the citys everyday life. Barcelonas cultural activity is one of the key components to its development strategy.
Foreign workers from the Third World country who want to work in Barcelona and other parts of Spain are required to possess a work permit to legally work here. While those from First World countries, except from the 8 countries that joined the EU on 1st May 2004, need not to possess a work permits to be able to work in Spain.
The standard working hours is 40 hours per week, with a maximum of 9 hours working hours per day.
Overtime should not exceed to 80 hours per year. And workers should not be forced to work in overtime.
Overtime should be compensated either cash or vacation.
Workers are entitled to 14 paid public holidays, which is 12 national and two local holidays.
Maternity leave is 16 weeks and newly weds have 15 days leave.
The minimum wage is regulated yearly by the government of Spain according to standard cost of living and inflation. And this year, 2006, the minimum wage is set to 540,90/month.
Sectors with collective labor agreements are authorized to implement their own minimum wage provided that it would not be less than the minimum salary set by the government.
Workers in Spain receive bonus salary twice a year, one in summer the other one in Christmas.
Cost of Living
Cost of living in Barcelona is relatively cheap than other European countries from transportation to house expenses.
Living expenses in Barcelona depend on the type of accommodation, whether you choose to live in a luxurious or simple one. The cost of apartment depends on its type, fully furnished studio type apartments, range from 350 to 700 per month, two bedroom apartments range from 600 to 1200 per month, three bedroom family style apartment range from 1000 to 1500 or more per month and room for rent range from 200 to 400 per month or more.
Barcelona Metro comprehensively covers most of the city and is affordable. There are different types of ticket that to choose from; Single ticket cost 1.20, T10 Ticket, with 10 journeys cost 6.65, T-DIA cost 5.00, Travel Card, which is good for two and three days, two day cost 9.20, three days cost 13.20 and T-MES cost 42.75, unlimited ticket good for one month.
Taxi ride for 10 minutes cost 5.
After a long week of working, its just right to give yourself a break and enjoy your new environment. Try to explore some places in Barcelona, visit some of its shopping centers or treat yourself in some bars and clubs.
There are various types of shopping centers for all tastes and budget that can be found in Barcelona. You can also buy some stuff at the city market and street fairs at very reasonable prices. The shops are open between and , closes at lunch time at around or 2:00. Then it generally opens again at and until 8p.m to If you want to spend nightlife, you can also enjoy some of the citys bars and clubs as well as catch live concerts.