1,728,836 Foreigners Contributed to Spanish Social Security System in September
October 22nd, 2012
In September, the number of foreign citizens contributing to the Spanish Social Security system fell by 19,579 (-1.12%). In year-on-year terms, the number of foreign citizens contributing to the system continues to decline and is doing so at a far faster rate than the overall number of contributors.
The year-on-year decline in foreign Social Security contributors stands at -4.83% (-87,826), compared with -3.59% for the system as a whole. The two indicators show a continuation of the trend recorded in recent months, specifically that job losses are affecting foreign workers far more than workers of Spanish nationality, even when considering that now is the period of greatest activity in the agricultural sector.
The overall balance for September shows that 1,089,621 of the total 1,728,836 foreign citizens contributing to the Spanish Social Security system come from countries not forming part of the European Union. The rest (658,794) come from EU countries.
The majority of foreign contributors are registered under the General Regime: 1,504,856 – a figure which includes 228,221 under the Special Agricultural Workers’ Regime, 212,611 under the Domestic Workers’ Regime, 217,191 under the Self-Employed Workers’ Regime, 5,041 under the Special Seamen’s Regime and 508 under the Coal Workers’ Regime.
Catalonia is the autonomous region with the highest number of foreign contributors to the system with 390,280 (22.5%), followed by the Region of Madrid with 362,243 (20.9%), Andalusia with 201,787 (11.6%), the Valencian Community with 170,146 (9.8%) and the Balearic Islands with 83,634 (4.8%).
The autonomous regions posting the largest average increases in foreign contributors to the system when compared with August are Castilla La Mancha (13.5%), La Rioja (4.31%), Ceuta (3.91%), Extremadura (2.09%), Melilla (2.05%) and Navarre (0.97%). On the other hand, the largest declines were posted by the Valencian Community (-5.6%), the Balearic Islands (-3.82%) (which coincides with the end of the tourist season), Aragon (-3.35%) and Murcia (-3.33%).
Of the total 1,728,836 foreign contributors, 923,516 are men and 805,320 are women.
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