Santander, the bank, has been caught out paying a whopping 248 million euros into the pension funds of its directors. This is on top of 40,1 million in salary and “expenses” claimed by the aforementioned directors, all during 2011. The news comes courtesy of a leak to El Mundo. There are currently 20 directors, but in order to cut costs and bring the bank into line with austerity Santander had announced, today, that it will reduce Continue reading Santander paid 248 million into directors pensions last year
Today is a holiday in Andalucía, it being the annual day off commemorating the “day of Andalucia”. It’s 30 years since Andalucia became a federal region and the politicians are trying to use the day to whip up the nationalist fervor you see in other parts of Spain. Of course, it doesn’t really work in Andalusia, as Andalusia = Spain and Spain = Andalusia + the Castillas (and the Murcians who nobody really remembers about Continue reading Happy Andalucia Day!
Natalie Tours, a large Russian tour operator, has announced it will start a new route bringing in Russian tourists to Almeria. The Moscow – Almería route will be flown once every 10 days on a charter basis, according to the announcement. Russian tourists have an average stay in Andalucia of 10,6 days and spend around 120 euros a day whilst here, making them some of the most attractive tourists for the Junta to fly in. Continue reading Russian tour operator starts new flights to Almeria airport
Here’s some interesting statistics gathered about the labour market in the province: (Remember, Almería has one of the highest unemployment figures in the eurozone, hovering at around 35%). There were, on the 31st December 2011, 253,172 people working in the province. 28.4%= 72,000 people have an indefinite work contract and work for a private company or business (R. General). 18.5%= 47,172 people work in agriculture (R.E. Agricultura, although of course this is now being switched Continue reading So, how big is the public sector in Almería?