The number of foreign contributors to the Spanish Social Security system in August fell by 16,517, which equates to -0.94% and breaks the trend of consecutive monthly growth recorded in the previous five months.
In year-on-year terms, the rate of contribution by foreign citizens to the Spanish Social Security system continues to decline and far faster than the rate of contribution by all workers as a whole. The year-on-year rate for foreign contributors fell by 4.46% (81,631 less) compared with a rate of -3.43% for the Social Security system as a whole. Both indicators reflect a continuation of the trend seen in previous months in the sense that job losses are more greatly affecting foreign workers than Spanish workers.
The overall balance for August shows that 1,089,621 of all foreign contributors to the system (1,748,415) come from non-EU countries. The rest (658,794) come from EU countries.
Most foreign contributors are registered under the General Regime: 1,088,382 (excluding the Special Agricultural Workers' Regime and the Special Domestic Workers' Regime). This is followed by the Special Agricultural Workers' Regime with 226,610, the Special Self-Employed Workers' Regime with 216,878, the Special Domestic Workers' Regime with 209,321 and the Special Seamen's Regime with 5,119.
Catalonia is the autonomous region with the highest number of foreign contributors with 399,541 (22.8%), followed by the Region of Madrid with 362,802 (20.7%), Andalusia with 203,522 (11.64%), the Region of Valencia with 179,218 (10.25%) and the Balearic Islands with 86,954 (4.97%). It should be noted that Extremadura (15,809) and Melilla (3,952) are the only areas where the number of foreign contributors increased.
Of the total 1,748,415 contributors, 933,641 are men and 814,773 are women.