Foreign Spanish Social Security Contributors Up 1.98% in May

June 26th, 2013

The number of foreign Spanish Social Security contributors registered in May stood at 1,651,390. This figure represents an increase of 32,115 or 1.98%, month-on-month. In year-on-year terms, the number of foreign citizens registered with the Spanish Social Security system remains negative and more so than the downward trend shown by the system overall.

The year-on-year decline in the number of foreign contributors stands at -5.08%, compared with a rate of -3.7% for the whole of the Social Security system. These two indicators show a continuation of the trend already seen in previous months, in that job losses are continuing to affect foreign workers more intensely than those of Spanish nationality.

The Balearic Islands and Aragon were the regions which posted the highest month-on-month increases (21.06% and 10.79%, respectively), while La Rioja (5.4%), Navarre (3.13%) and Catalonia (2.86%) also posted positive results.

The figures recorded for May show that of the total 1,651,390 foreign citizens registered with the Spanish Social Security system, 1,022,546 of them came from countries outside of the European Union. The remaining 628,844 are from EU countries.

The majority of the foreign citizens are registered under the General Regime: 974,826, a figure that does not include the Special System for Agricultural Workers (221,302) or the Special System for Domestic Workers (229,394). This is followed by the Special Regime for Self-Employed Workers (220,935), the Special Regime for Seamen (4,633) and the Special Regime for Coal Workers (301).

The region with the largest average number of foreign citizens registered with the system is Catalonia, with 366,596 (22.21%). This is followed by Madrid, with 346,596 (20.99%); Andalusia, with 218,651 (13.24%); and Valencia, with 167,892 (10.17%).

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