OFFICIAL: Delivery riders become company staff as Spain’s labour reform kicks in

Spain's cabinet on Tuesday approved a labour law reform that recognises delivery riders working for firms such as Deliveroo or UberEats as staff in a first in the European Union.

OFFICIAL: Delivery riders become company staff as Spain's labour reform kicks in
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The modifications will be published in the state’s official journal in the coming days and firms will have three months to comply.

“Spain is now at the forefront of international legislation. There is no other country in the world… that has dared legislate on this matter,” Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz told a press conference.

It is the first legislation passed in Europe that explicitly regulates the status of delivery workers who get around on bikes and motorcycles and whose numbers have exploded in recent years.

California passed a law in 2019, the only one of its kind in the United States, requiring companies in the “gig economy” to treat their workers as employees and provide them with social protection.

But it was ultimately rejected in a referendum last November.

In Europe, delivery workers are generally considered as self-employed, especially in France.The legislative decree “recognises the presumption of employment for workers who provide paid delivery services” via such digital companies, a ministry statement said.

“A young person riding a bike with an app or a mobile device is not an entrepreneur,” said Diaz.

Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Paying social contributions

Companies will now have to pay contributions so their delivery riders can receive social benefits.

Under terms of the reform, companies using riders must make available to unions details about how they share out the delivery orders and the bonuses paid to riders.The pledge came after a Supreme Court ruling in September that there was a “working relationship” between riders and Barcelona-based food delivery app Glovo.

In Spain, as in other countries, the riders have repeatedly denounced their precarious working conditions, taking legal action to demand recognition as salaried staff, which would guarantee them benefits such as paid holidays and sick leave.

In early March, Deliveroo, Stuart, Glovo and UberEats issued a statement warning that such “forced labourisation… endangers a sector that contributes 700 million euros ($850 million) to Spain’s GDP”.

The main delivery workers union, Riders X Rights, denounced the reform as “insufficient” while other smaller unions fear the reform will drive platforms to cut back on jobs.

According to a report on Wednesday in Spanish newssite El Español, the labour reform will also mean that Glovo and Deliveroo no longer operate in Spain’s towns and smaller cities.

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The best websites to look for jobs in Spain

If you’re looking for your next career challenge in Spain or indeed are new to the country and are looking for employment, here are some of the best websites to look for jobs.

The best websites to look for jobs in Spain

Unless you’re retired or moving to Spain to retire, one of the most important things you’ll need to do when you first arrive, or even before you arrive, is to look for a job. It can be a little daunting knowing where to look when you’re in a new country, but we’ve got you covered with some of the best job websites in Spain.

Or perhaps you’ve lived here for several years and are looking to take on new career responsibilities and improve your prospects. If you always get stuck looking at the same job sites, you may want to take look below and broaden your options. 

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The Local Jobs

Did you know that at The Local we also have our own job site? You can find it under the jobs tab under the logo on the homepage and choose from careers in Spain including education & teaching, software engineering, sales and customer service. Most of the job descriptions are written in English too, so it’s one of the best places to look if your Spanish is not quite up to scratch yet.  


InfoJobs continues to be the leading job search portal in Spain, ever since it was launched in 1988. It’s the best place to start when searching for a job here, with listings of thousands of vacancies across the country and across various industries too. Large corporations such as Telefónica, Clece and Sacyr publish hundreds of job offers daily. It also allows you to set various filters when searching, including work-from-home and hybrid positions.


Infoempleo enables users to register for free and upload their CVs to the site. If you can understand Spanish, the blog section is particularly helpful with several articles with tips and news related to employment in Spain. They also have a section on courses and study centres throughout the country, in case you need to brush up on your skills first.


One of the most comprehensive jobs sites out there, LinkedIn is of course one of the best places to search for jobs worldwide, not just in Spain. You can select the search terms for the jobs you want, as well as preferred locations. As many of you are probably already aware, LinkedIn is not only great for searching for jobs, but of course for making professional connections online and putting your CV online, so that potential recruiters can search you out too.


One of the most important online employment agencies in Spain, the site allows companies to sign up and publish their first two job offers for free. It also has a geolocation service that allows candidates to know which jobs are closest to their homes.


Indeed, allows you to search through thousands of jobs online to find your next career move and has several tools to help you such as improving your CV.  One of the best aspects of it is it has thousands of opinions from users and candidates who have already had the experience of working for the same company or have already been through the interview process.


Trabajamos is a social employment site that is ideal for those who are self-employed, with more than 60,000 users and 13,000 job ads published. Under the section ‘Demands and services’ professionals from all fields have the opportunity to upload a professional description about themselves, a photo and details on what they charge per hour for certain services.

El País / Monster

The joint initiative of the newspaper El País and the American employment portal, Monster is another great option. As well as searching, the page allows you to save the jobs you’re most interested in so you can look at them any time and don’t have to search again. It also enables you to upload your CV and see which companies are interested or have been looking at it.


The Adecco website covers both employment and career guidance and is specialised in Human Resources. As well as being a job site, it also has 280 offices throughout Spain. The company focuses on certain sectors in particular and is best for jobs in hospitality, audio-visual, logistics, motoring and transport.  


Milanuncios is not solely a job website, it’s also a place to look for second-hand items for sale, search for professional services or even find apartments for rent. It does have a section on employment, however, which allows candidates and companies to get in contact with each other directly. Be aware though, that there can be some job scams posted on the site, so look out for any positions that sound too good to be true or ask you to pay any money in order to apply.  


Noticiastrabajo specialises in employment, labour rights, economy, benefits and admin. Job boards are published daily with offers from large multinationals such as Mercadona, Leroy Merlin, Bricomart, Decathlon and Primark, among many other leading companies looking to recruit. One of the best parts about it is that it clearly states accurate salaries, the number of hours and how to send your CV. It even gives you tips on how to pass the job interview.