Spain is, traditionally, a male dominated business society and until very recently female managers were relatively uncommon in anything other than family-run firms.

However, changes in demographics, external influence and skills shortages have started to impact on Spain as on many other countries and more and more professional women are entering the workforce.

Although it is still unusual to meet women in very senior positions, they are making rapid strides in middle-management areas.

Foreign women working in Spain are unlikely to encounter any form of gender discrimination.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in Spain

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton



This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in Spain. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in Spain and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips