The Spanish territorial imbalance is more than just prejudice. It has its roots in a handful of data. The latest concern is workers' wages. This leaves an illustrative scenario that is as painful as it is beautiful. An Andalusian worker makes on average nearly 8,000 euros per year less than a Basque worker.
The difference is 7.900.31 euro per year. The National Institute of Statistics (INE), which just published the Annual Salary Structure Survey, shows that Andalusia's average annual salary is 2,841.66 euro lower than the national average, at 25,165.51 Euros per year. This represents a 3.2 percent increase over the previous year.
This study also impacts the gender gap on Andalusian workers. Andalusians are paid 5,268.3 euros more per year than Andalusians. It's the difference in average salaries of female workers (19,517.52) and male workers (24,785.82). This is how Andalusians earn an average salary of 22,323.85 euros per annum.
This leaves Andalusians third in salary, behind the Extremadurans (20.479.30) and Canarians (21.631.17 euros). These workers earn an average of 10,000 euros less than the Basques (30.224.16 euros), who are the top-paid in the country's salaries table. They are followed by Navarrese (27.995.96 euros) and Madrid (28.829.06 euros).
The data for workers in the service sector are broken down by sectors. This union's Andalusian worker earns 7,150.44 euro less per annum than his Basque Country colleague and 2,744.11 Euros less than the sector average. Unskilled wage-earners in the services sector (except transportation) earned the lowest annual salary at 13,765.34 euro. Directors and managers, who earn 58,023.75 euros, had the highest average salary.
The average hourly earnings for full-time workers was 16.88 euros and that of part-time employees was 11.60 euros depending on the type of work day. According to the INE study, employees who have signed an indefinite contract in 2020 earned an average salary of 26,623.93 euro per year, while those with temporary agreements earn an average of 19,228.47 euro per year.