The PP brings to Congress its doubts about the unemployment data and the demand for an “effective” indicator

He believes that the sharp increase in discontinuous permanent contracts signed since the entry into force of the labor reform alters the statistics


The Plenary Session of Congress will debate on Tuesday a non-legal proposal of the PP for the Government to design a complementary employment indicator that differentiates registered unemployment from “effective” unemployment, since it considers that the sharp increase in discontinuous permanent contracts signed since the entry into The force of the labor reform alters the statistics.

As stated in the proposal, to which Europa Press has had access, the effective unemployment indicator would result from the sum of unemployed job seekers and those job seekers with an employment relationship. Among these last plaintiffs are the discontinuous fixed ones.

This indicator is part of an initiative of the ‘populares’ to modify and “adapt to reality” the employment statistics by the Public State Employment Service (SEPE), specifically, to clarify the statistical treatment of discontinuous permanent workers and update these data since the entry into force of the last labor reform.

According to SEPE data, during the first 10 months of 2021, 211,721 permanent discontinuous contracts were signed, while during the same period of 2022, almost two million contracts of this modality have been signed, nine times more.

The ‘popular’ call for greater transparency in employment statistics, because they understand that after the labor reform the Government has “prohibited” temporary contracts and has based its good statistics on discontinuous permanent contracts.


The PP clarifies that technically these contracts are indefinite and have more guarantees for the worker than a temporary contract, such as seniority or greater compensation in case of dismissal. Likewise, it also recognizes that when the worker stops working, the company deregisters him from Social Security.

However, the Popular Parliamentary Group considers that these contracts are just as unstable as the temporary ones and that they have “many peculiarities.” In fact, the PP reproaches that the discontinuous permanent contracts “have come to replace the temporary contracts prohibited by the labor reform.”

In this context, the PP plans to publish disaggregated information with retroactive effects from the entry into force of the 2022 labor reform, both of the group of job seekers with an employment relationship and of the registrations and cancellations of temporary and permanent discontinuous permanent contracts and of the number of permanent discontinuous workers who are collecting unemployment.

Likewise, the Popular Group urges the Government to adopt “any other measures” that effectively contribute to promoting the transparency of the data and statistics published by the SEPE and the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy, in order to facilitate the monitoring of the evolution of the labor market.