European Foundation
for the Improvement of
Living and Working Conditions

The tripartite EU agency providing knowledge to assist
in the development of better social, employment and
work-related policies

EU PolicyWatch

Database of national-level policy measures

Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the COVID-19 crisis, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.

Factsheet for measure ES-2020-6/835 Updated – measures in Spain

Targeted social security measures for permanent seasonal workers

Medidas Específicas para trabajadores estacionales permanentes

Country Spain , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 03 February 2020 – 30 June 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Carlos Molina (UAB)
Measure added 11 May 2020 (updated 16 August 2021)

Background information

Royal Decree Law 7/2020 establishes measures addressing anticipation and extension of reductions in social security contributions paid by companies related to the tourism sector in order to keep seasonal workers (with discontinuous open-ended employment contracts) in employment during periods of lower activity.

In February 2020 there were 360,000 of discontinuous open-ended employment contracts mostly directly or indirectly linked to the tourism sector (along with workers in the agriculture and the food industry, not covered by this sectoral measure).

Content of measure

Royal Decree Law 7/2020 of 12 March establishes that companies related to the tourism sector are allowed to reduce the payment to the social security for the discontinuous open-ended (seasonal) employment contracts by 50%, as long as they keep these employees during the months from February to June.

These bonuses may be applied to all types of contingences for which companies pay contributions (unemployment, vocational training, common contingences).

Concerning the scope of the measure, only companies engaged in the tourism sector are allowed to these rebates, as well as to those in the commerce and hotel industry. The rebates are nationally applied except in Balearic and Canary Islands during the months of February and March 2020, since other mitigation measures were adopted in 2019 to alleviate the effects of the opening of insolvency proceedings of the Thomas Cook business group.

Later in April 2020, the government has adopted a new measure addressing these types of special employment contracts mainly used in the tourism sector. These employees may access unemployment benefits in the context of ERTEs - temporary employment reduction schemes -, as when the COVID-19 crisis broke out, many of these workers had not taken up their posts. With this measure, they may have a 90-day benefit even if they have consumed their unemployment right or have not contributed enough time to be entitled to.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

16 August 2021

This measure ended on 30 June 2020.

Use of measure


Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Seasonal workers
Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Direct consultation outside a formal body Direct consultation outside a formal body

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


Social partners were informed about this policy measure, but didn't participate in the design or implementation.

Views and reactions

Social partners were consulted. Details are not yet available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I55 Accommodation
      I56 Food and beverage service activities
      N - Administrative And Support Service Activities N79 Travel agency, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Hospitality, retail and other services managers
      Cleaners and helpers


  • 12 March 2020: Royal Decree Law 7/2020. Targeted social security rebates for seasonal workers in the tourism sector. Roya Decree


Eurofound (2020), Targeted social security measures for permanent seasonal workers, measure ES-2020-6/835 (measures in Spain), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


Eurofound publications based on EU PolicyWatch

30 January 2023


Measures to lessen the impact of the inflation and energy crisis on citizens

Governments across the EU continue to implement policies to support citizens and businesses in the face of rising food and energy prices caused by the COVID-19 crisis and intensified by the war in Ukraine. This article summarises the policy responses as reported in Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch database from January to September 2022.


12 September 2022


First responses to cushion the impact of inflation on citizens

Although the worldwide pandemic situation had already disrupted supply chains and triggered increases in energy and food prices in 2021, the situation deteriorated in 2022 with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


12 September 2022


Policies to support EU companies affected by the war in Ukraine

This article summarises the first policy responses that governments across the EU have started to implement to support companies affected by the rising prices, and those with commercial ties to Ukraine, Russia or Belarus.


5 July 2022


Policies to support refugees from Ukraine

This article summarises the first policy responses of EU Member States, including those of the social partners and other civil society actors, enabling refugees to exercise their rights under the Temporary Protection Directive.


Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process.