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Council of Ministers

Government approves largest public employment offer in 10 years

Moncloa Palace, Madrid, Friday 27 July 2018
Council of Ministers
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The government also approved the Master Plan for Dignified Work to combat job insecurity and improve job quality. It also recognised the right to universal healthcare for all Spanish citizens and residents in Spain.

​The Minister for Territorial Policy and Public Function, Meritxell Batet, reported that the Council of Ministers approved several Royal Decrees related to public employment. We need eager and motivated public servants that can overcome the lack of prospects seen in recent years and who work with passion with the interests of society at heart. They have this vocation for public service and the Government of Spain must implement the right conditions so that this vocation can be broadened and applied in the best possible way", she said.

In this regard, the minister announced that the government has approved the largest public employment offer since 2008 with a total of 30,844 posts. She also highlighted that this is the "most net jobs created since that time, as 1,909 new posts will be offered, 58% more than last year's offer, which was the first year to see new posts created since 2008". Meritxell Batet underlined that this job offer has been backed by four of the five trade unions present on the General Board of the State Administration (CSIF, CCOO, UGT and CIG).

This Public Employment Offer provides for the creation of 23,156 posts. Of these, 11,095 are for new public servants and 6,204 through internal promotion (17,299 in total).Meritxell BatetPool Moncloa / César P. Sendra

Furthermore, Meritxell Batet reported that the government has approved a Royal Decree that includes an extraordinary offer of 323 posts to address the demands of asylum and refugee applications, which are growing exponentially and which are in addition to those from the last few years. "This also responds to the claim made by non-governmental organisations".

The government also passed a job stability decree. The minister specified that this is the part that corresponds to the General State Administration that has not yet been implemented as well as the part corresponding to the Administration of Justice for 2018, the first phase of which was approved last year and which affects 5,534 temporary jobs as a whole".

In addition to the posts approved on Friday can be added the 7,688 posts in April for teachers, the Armed Forces and the State law enforcement agencies. This thus amounts to a total of 30,844 posts.

Meritxell Batet underlined that this offer will address job demands in priority sectors for Spanish citizens: social services, urgent asylum and refugee needs, unemployment benefits, penitentiary administration, security and emergencies, among others.
The minister stressed that by doing this "we are not only transferring economic recovery to wages but also to job creation in a decisive commitment to the public sector and to the provision of quality public services".

Meritxell Batet also underlined that public workers in a situation of temporary incapacity will once again receive 100% of their remuneration, thanks to the Royal Decree on the recovery of rights approved on Friday.

Master Plan for Dignified Work

Magdalena ValerioPool Moncloa / César P. SendraThe Council of Ministers approved the Master Plan for Dignified Work 2018-2020, which seeks to fight job insecurity and improve job quality and working conditions -priority issues for the government.

The Minister for Work, Migration and Social Security, Magdalena Valerio, specified that talking about dignified work is synonymous with "a job that guarantees a dignified salary, fair conditions, equality between men and women, social protection" and security of the prevention of occupational hazards.

Magdalena Valerio stated that this Plan has been agreed with the regional governments, social stakeholder and organisations of the self-employed, who have all made contributions.

The aims of the Plan, outlined the minister, include "recovering labour rights that were lost or not applied during the crisis", improving job quality and combating employment fraud which "is giving rise to unfair competition between companies", prejudicing their competitiveness and the productivity of the Spanish economy.

Magdalena Valerio pointed out that the government wishes to strengthen the human and material resources of the labour inspectorate to fight false temporary contracts, combat part-time contracts in which contributions are made for half of the work that is actually performed, and to tackle the wage gap between men and women and discrimination on grounds of gender, ideology or sexual orientation that is widespread in the job market. She also pointed out that we must prevent business owners from forcing workers to become false independent contractors.

The minister pointed out that 822 new posts will be created for inspectors and assistant inspectors by 2020 and an injection of funding of 30 million euros will be made. "When we talk about action by the Labour and Social Security Inspectorates, this means investment rather than an expense. We are investing in a positive social action in the job market which will lead to better labour conditions for the workers in our country", she clarified.

Magdalena Valerio also stated that by connecting tax data and data of the General Social Security Treasury this will allow us to "directly address fraud", which will pay out a greater social and economic return.

The minister specified that the plan includes 75 measures, of which 55 are specific inspection actions, 20 are organisational measures and two are action plans: one to combat temporary hiring fraud and the other to combat the unlawful use of part-time contracts. These will both be implemented as from 1 August.

Universal access to healthcare

The government approved the Royal Decree-Law on Universal Access to the National Health System, which guarantees that "everyone is attended under equal conditions in Spain", explained the Minister for Health, Consumption and Social Well-being, Carmen Montón.

The minister pointed out that "as from today, the right to be attended under the National Health System will be based on citizenship, rather than proving your status as insured under the healthcare system".

Carmen Montón stressed that Spain enjoys quality public healthcare that we can "feel very proud of and which has now been strengthened by recovering its universal nature".

Carmen MontónPool Moncloa / César P. SendraThe minister announced that this law defines holders of the right to healthcare protection and attention as those people with Spanish nationality and foreigners who are resident in Spain. Furthermore, those people who do not have their habitual residence in Spain are entitled to healthcare in the country under any other legal right, such as Spanish pensioners who are not resident in the country and cross-border workers.

Those groups that are not registered and authorised as residents will be subject to certain criteria to avoid the inappropriate use of the right to healthcare. Carmen Montón pointed out that "healthcare will be provided by public finding when no third party exists with a payment obligation or when the right to cover cannot be exported to their country of origin".

The minster stressed that "this universal nature will not be an additional burden to the National Health System" but rather will help foster its sustainability. Regulated primary healthcare, she argued, "will allow greater control over those ill, help avoid patients getting worse or having to resort to accident and emergency facilities or be taken into hospital - processes that involve higher health spending".

"What is essential under this new law", added Carmen Montón, "justifying the urgency of the recovery of universal healthcare cover is the improvement in the individual health of people who fell outside of the system and also an improvement in the collective health of all those people living in Spain. A fair society does not leave anyone out".

Thresholds and amounts of grants

María Isabel CelaáPool Moncloa / César P. SendraThe Council of Ministers approved the Royal Decree on thresholds on income and assets and the amounts of grants and study aids, which will increase grants for students from underprivileged families by more than 10 million euros next year.

The Minister for Education and Vocational Training, and Government Spokesperson, Isabel Celaá, reported that the fixed amount tied in to income will be increased by 100 euros from 1,500 to 1,600 euros. Furthermore, the mark to obtain an enrolment grant in the first year of university studies will be dropped from 5.5 to 5 such that "all students who go to university will be able to enrol free of charge provided that they meet the economic requirements".

The component tied in to excellence is also included, which amounts to 10 million euros for grant recipients and special treatment is offered to grant applicants that have been the victims of gender-based violence and their children will be exempt from meeting certain economic requirements.

Current affairs

The Government Spokesperson declared that it is "incomprehensible, illogical and very painful for citizens" to see the new path of budget stability proposed by the government and accepted by Brussels rejected on Friday by the Lower House of Parliament.

Isabel Celaá recalled that the new framework made the deficit targets easier and granted an additional fiscal margin to all public authorities, and hence it "could have helped improve and extend the Welfare State". "The government will maintain its course, prepare its General State Budget for 2019 and continue with its agenda for change", she stressed, "and is willing to continue bedding down growth, boosting job creation and placing Spain at the heart of the EU and of the world, and continue regenerating the democratic life of this country".

Council of MinistersPool Moncloa / César P. Sendra

In turn, the Minister for Work, Migration and Social Security stressed that the government is "concerned by and working on" the migratory pressure that has recently increased in our country and particularly by the incidents in recent days. In this regard, she said, the government will not "look the other way" and is taking measures to strengthen all the units operating on our coastline.

By way of example, she mentioned that on 1 August, a new reception centre will open in Chiclana de la Frontera (Cadiz) and that an Emergency Plan is being pushed through to inject 30 million euros before the end of the year to strengthen personnel and units and provide more humanitarian care.