It’s been two months since I wrote my last article, and today I will blame Denmark and Sweden! Just kidding, these lovely countries have nothing to do with my laziness.
I visited both about a month and a half ago: wonderful places with interesting and different life styles in comparison with Spain. I forgot it is very cold as well. It was all the time between 12º and 17º Celsius (53º and 62º Fahrenheit). That is practically our winter in this area of Spain!
Anyway, today I’m going to briefly talk about the two extra salaries in Spain. I’m surprised that almost none of my clients, or people from other nationalities I’ve met here, don’t know about this.
The extra salaries in Spain are two additional payments that people get around July and December. So, let’s say that you make 1,000 Euros a month in Spain. You will make 2,000 Euros in July and another 2,000 Euros in December. Rest of the year just 1,000 Euros. That’s the way it works in most places, although some companies include the two extra salaries in your monthly salary (you would be making around 1,150 Euros a month in this case).
According to what I’ve been able to find, the extra salary in December was created during the dictatorship, around 1945, just a few years later after the Spanish civil war. People were doing very badly back then and it was a way of rewarding their annual effort as well as to celebrate Catholic Christmas.
It seems the extra salary of July was created around 1947, again during the dictatorship. And it basically had the same goal: help the families against the deep economic crisis that the country was going through.
Nevertheless, last year, 2012, our current Spanish government decided to stop the December extra salary for those who work for national institutions, including doctors, firefighters, policemen, etc. This is just one of the measures taken to decrease the financial crisis and has created a huge controversy. That’s all I can say. Politics is not my territory.
In theory, those private companies that were paying the two extra salaries in Spain, before the government cut off the public ones, should have not stopped paying them.
I have to admit it: getting an extra salary was great – a big bunch of extra Euros in your account (Pesetas before the Euro… hey, I should probably write an article about Pesetas, at the bottom of this article you can see how they looked). However, it’s a lot better having your own business and not having a boss, even though you go through lots of ups and downs, and have no extra salaries, of course. But that’s only my opinion.
Did you know about the two extra salaries in Spain? Do you have more precise information about them? I’ll be glad to read your comments.
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