The number of foreign citizens registered in the Spanish social security system fell by 17,823 in December (a drop of 1.07%). In year-on-year terms, the number of people from outside Spain registered in the system has continued to fall and at a much faster pace than the trend shown by the overall number of job-holders.
Year-on-year, the number of foreigners registered in the system fell by 5.35% (93,071 fewer people); this compares with a drop of 4.57% in the figures registered in the system as a whole. These two indicators show a continuation of the trend already seen in previous months, in that job losses are affecting foreign workers to a greater extent than those of Spanish nationality.
According to the monthly report published on the Government website, La Moncloa, the figures recorded for December show that 1,032,953 of the total 1,645,851 foreigners registered in the Spanish social security system were from countries outside the European Union. The remaining 612,898 were from EU countries.
In terms of contribution type, the majority of foreigners registered in the system are registered under the General Regime (971,809), which includes the Special System for Agricultural Workers (229,223) and the Special System for Domestic Workers (225,159). This is followed by the Special Regime for Self-Employed Workers (215,065), the Special Regime for Seamen (3,764) and the Special Regime for Coal Workers (470).
Catalonia is the autonomous region with the largest average number of foreign contributors; 360,937 (21.93%). This is followed by Madrid, with 355,581 (21.6%); Andalusia, with 209,116 (12.71%); Valencia, with 182,813 (11.11%); and the Canary Islands, with 78,697 (4.78%).
Of the total 1,645,851 foreigners registered in the system, 879,052 are men and 766,798 are women.