Basque Country, Madrid and Catalonia – Regions with Highest Wages
August 19th, 2013
According to recent research on working conditions in Spain carried out by the Swiss multinational human resource consulting company, Adecco, the Basque Country, Madrid and Catalonia are the regions which have the highest average wages across the country, with monthly earnings of 1,981 euros, 1,891 euros and 1,753 euros, respectively, and which also each recorded year-on-year increases of 2.1%, 0.4% and 0.1%, respectively.
Of the remaining regions, Valencia and Murcia maintained their wage levels (at 1,487 euros and 1,444 euros per month) while all the rest saw their average wage levels dwindle.
On the other hand, Diario Sur reported that the regions of Madrid, the Basque Country and La Rioja are those that offer more job opportunities. This is due, in the first two cases, to the low unemployment rate and the high level of skilled jobs, and for La Rioja is due to the large number of companies per capita.
Specifically, Adecco’s Monitor of Opportunity and Job Satisfaction measures the degree of satisfaction of an average worker in different regions and in different categories. The overall ranking is led by Madrid, with 6.4 points, followed by the Basque Country (6.3), while at the opposite end are the Canary Islands (4.0) and Asturias (4.1).
Most Job Security in Navarra
Leading the list of regions with the greatest job security are Navarra (5.5 points), Cantabria (5.4) and Galicia (4.9), a category which not only covers accidents at work, but also unemployment benefit coverage, long term unemployment and the time needed to find a job.
Valencia maintained its leading position in the category measuring work-life balance, with 8.8 points. Murcia came next (7.5 points) and then Madrid (7.4). At the lower end in this category were the Balearic Islands (3.9), Cantabria (4.1) and Catalonia (4.3).
Finally, the Balearic Islands, Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha took the top three places for the regions with the least labour conflicts, with scores of 9.6 points for the Balearic Islands and 8.9 for the other two, while the regions most troubled by labour disputes are Navarra (3.6 points), Asturias (4.0) and Galicia (4.2).
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