The Government will give up to 150,000 euros to SMEs that implement the four-day work week

MADRID, 12 Dic.

The Government will give up to 150,000 euros to SMEs that implement the four-day work week


The Ministry of Industry and Commerce will give up to 150,000 euros to small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) that implement a minimum reduction of 10% in working hours and maintain this plan for at least two years, without reducing the salary of their employees. , as confirmed by sources from this portfolio to Europa Press.

The Government sent for public consultation the draft order that will regulate the promotion of the four-day working day in small and medium-sized industrial companies (SMEs) in mid-June and is expected to publish the order in the coming days.

The pilot project has a budget of 10 million euros, according to the agreement reached last year between the Government and Más País, when those of Íñigo Errejón gave their support to the General State Budget (PGE) for 2022 in exchange for a game will be included to study the 32-hour workday.

The amount that each company will receive to launch this pilot project will be up to 150,000 euros and will benefit some 60 or 70 SMEs, according to 'El Periódico' this Sunday.

Mas País estimated that some 160 companies could join the project, with a benefit of more than 3,000 employees in the first edition of the program.

This pilot project aims to improve productivity, work-life balance, equal opportunities and the physical and mental health of workers.

In addition, companies must incorporate organizational measures, production processes and training to generate an improvement in productivity that compensates for the higher wage costs. Indicators will also be established to measure the evolution of productivity.

To support this initial effort, the Government provides temporary direct aid for the costs assumed by the company as a result of the reduction in working hours and the implementation of new organizational formulas and training, as stated in the project submitted to public consultation.

In that document, the possibility of partially financing the wage costs of workers added to the reduction in working hours, the costs of training related to the optimization of working time, the costs of external collaborations or the costs of internal personnel necessary for the design or redesign of processes.