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Foreign National Insurance contributors

2,072,259 average foreign National Insurance contributors recorded in March

Thursday 22 April 2021

Of the total number of foreign workers contributing to the Spanish social security system, 1,319,511 are from non-EU countries (36.32%) while the other 752,748 are from EU countries (36.32%). The largest groups of foreign workers come from Romania (328,456), Morocco (267,571), Italy (122,372) and China (89,329).

Of the total figure, 1,179,827 (56.93%) were men and 892,432 were women (43.07%).

Average monthly foreign contributors

The average number of foreign workers registered with the Spanish social security system posted a rise of 18,262 in March in monthly terms. Rises of more than 2% were posted in Cantabria (up 4.52%), the Balearic Islands (up 3.64%), Andalusia (up 2.52%), followed by Galicia (up 1.6%) and Asturias (up 0.98%).

In contrast, Rioja (down 2.81%), Aragon (down 1.99%), Castile-La Mancha (down 1.81%), Ceuta (down 1.63%) and Navarre (down 1.46%) posted declines in foreign contributors in March.

By regime, the majority of the foreign workers contributing to the Spanish social security system fall under the General Regime (1,697,630), a figure that includes the Special System for Agricultural Workers (235,603) and the Special System for Domestic Workers (164,830). These are followed by the Special Regime for Self-Employed Workers (370,217), the Special Regime for Seamen (4,382) and the Special Regime for Coal Workers (30).

Over the month, the General Regime saw an average rise of 0.81% in foreign contributors. The sectors to enjoy the largest rises were Hotel and Catering (up 3.45%), Extractive Industries (up 3.04%), Construction (up 2.97%) and Crop and Livestock Farming and Fisheries (up 1.75%).

The special systems that make up the General Regime deserve a special mention, specifically the Special System for Agricultural Workers, which posted a decline of 1.13% in March, while the Special System for Domestic Workers rose by 0.4%.

For its part, the Special Regime for Self-Employed Workers rose by 1.15% in foreign contributors in March to a total of 370,217 workers.

Comparisons with last year are not very representative due to the strong impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labour market in mid-March 2020.

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