Foreign Social Security Contributors Down 7.12% in November Year-on-Year

December 24th, 2013

queueAccording to the latest data published by the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, the number of foreign citizens registered with the Spanish Social Security system in November stood at 1,545,170, which is drop of 45,266 employed persons, and represents a 2.85% decrease over October.

In year-on-year terms, the number of foreign citizens registered with the system fell by 7.12%, which compares with a rate of -1.44% for the Spanish Social Security system as a whole. These two indicators show a continuation of the trend already seen in previous months, in that job losses are continuing to have a greater impact on foreign workers than those of Spanish nationality.

The regions of Valencia and Andalusia posted the highest month-on-month increases in the numbers of foreign contributors to the system (of 3.51% and 2.05% respectively); followed by Murcia (1.66%) and the Canary Islands (1.13%), while the remaining regions registered decreases.

The figures recorded for November show that of the total 1,545,170 foreign citizens registered with the Spanish Social Security system, 957,571 are from countries outside of the European Union. The remaining 587,599 are from EU countries.

The majority of the foreign contributors are registered under the General Regime: 839,222, a figure that does not include the Special System for Agricultural Workers (122,812) or the Special System for Domestic Workers (175,325). This is followed by the Special Regime for Self-Employed Workers (115,042) and by the Special Regime for Seamen (3,303).

Catalonia is the region with the largest average number of foreign citizens registered with the system; 349,199 (22.6%). This is followed by the region of Madrid, with 336,232 (21.76%); Andalusia, with 185,579 (12.01%); and Valencia, with 173,325 (11.22%).

Of the total 1,545,170 foreign contributors, 821,170 are men and 724,000 are women.

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