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Spain bordering Portugal pays salaries 16% below the rest of the country

The salaries paid in the border areas with Portugal are, as a whole, 16% lower than the national average, a figure that contrasts with what happens in areas bordering France, such as the Basque Country, Navarra and Catalonia, where better than the rest of the country.

These are the conclusions of the latest report from the Zeres Observatory, a socio-labor study of our country that is periodically published by the labor law firm of the same name.

The report, collected by EFEspecifies that it is the workers who live in Salamanca, Zamora, Huelva, Cáceres, Badajoz, Ourense and Pontevedra, the provinces bordering Portugal, who collectively earn 16% less than the average annual salary for the country as a whole.

Zeres also points out that in the border areas with France people pay more than the Spanish average, although this indicator must be qualified.

Thus, it is true that in Catalonia, Navarra and the Basque Country it pays better than in other Spanish autonomies, but the same does not happen in Huesca. Furthermore, in Catalonia it is Barcelona that raises the average salary, not Lleida or Girona.

For Fabián Valero, labor lawyer and founding partner of Zeres, “the backdrop regarding salary differences between territories is that of depopulation. We cannot create employment and improve salaries without establishing a population of productive age in the territory.”

Badajoz and Cáceres show average salaries of €16,195 and €16,840; For their part, Ourense and Pontevedra have average annual salaries of €19,398 and €20,046; Zamora is somewhat better, with €18,270 and Salamanca is somewhat closer to the average, with €20,138. Huelva, with €15,296, is the worst located.

These data affect more than 1.3 million employees, around 7% of the Spanish total, excluding the provincial territories.

The figures come from the State Tax Administration Agency (AEAT), which places the average annual salary by province at €21,519.

Border with France

The average annual salary paid in the autonomous regions is €25,896.82, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

The same source indicates that the Basque Country, with €31,063.68, is the one that pays the best; Navarra, with €28,459.37; and Catalonia, with €28,145.02, are also above the rest. Extremadura, with €21,393.01, is the worst located. Aragón is in the national average.

Extremadura is the community that shares the most kilometers of border with Portugal along with Castilla y León.

“It is essential to take advantage of opportunities such as the Atlantic corridor, which businessmen and political groups in the northwest demand. And to improve the infrastructure of territories such as Extremadura. The regional communities, the province of Barcelona and the community of Madrid, are distancing themselves from the rest in all indicators “Adds Valero.

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