Social Security loses 3,053 foreign affiliates in October

MADRID, 21 Nov.

Social Security loses 3,053 foreign affiliates in October


Social Security lost an average of 3,053 foreign affiliates in October, 0.1% less compared to the previous month, bringing the tenth month of the year to a close with 2,683,937 immigrant workers registered in the system.

With the slight decline in October, the average affiliation of foreigners returns to declines after gaining 10,462 contributors in September.

Of the total number of foreign workers existing at the end of October, 55.7% were men and 44.3% were women, as reported this Tuesday by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration.

In seasonally adjusted terms, the affiliation of foreigners to Social Security increased by 14,403 contributors in October, to a total of 2,683,504 employed people, 494,083 more than before the arrival of the pandemic.

Altogether, at the end of October, foreign workers represented 12.9% of the total number of people who were affiliated with Social Security in seasonally adjusted values.

Of the total number of foreigners affiliated at the end of the tenth month of the year, 879,986 came from EU countries (32.8%) and 1,803,951 came from third countries (67.2%). The largest groups of foreign workers are workers from Romania (337,762), Morocco (317,034), Italy (180,729), Colombia (171,696) and Venezuela (145,926).

In addition, the system has 66,002 members from Ukraine, 18,743 more than in January 2022 (40%), before the start of the war waged in the country by Russia.

The majority of workers from Ukraine who work in Spain, around 87%, are salaried and 13% are self-employed.

In the last year, the average affiliation of foreign workers has increased by 221,431 employees, which in relative terms implies an increase of 9%.


By regime, the majority of foreigners fall under the General Regime, which closed October with 2,248,483 foreign affiliates, 83.8% of the total and 0.2% less than in September.

For its part, the Special Regime for Self-Employed Workers (RETA) ended October with 430,042 foreign contributors, 0.5% more than the previous month. Of them, 14.8% are of Chinese nationality, followed by Romanians (10.9%) and Italians (9%).

Within the General Regime, the sectors that gained the most foreign contributors in October, in relative values, were education (19.3%), driven by the return to school, and construction (2.6%).

On the other hand, the largest decreases were recorded in agriculture (-5.7%) and Public Administration (-5.3%).

The Special Agrarian System (which is part of the General Regime) gained 2.6% more foreigners compared to the previous month, while the Home System registered 0.2% fewer foreign contributors than in September.

By autonomous community, the average affiliation of foreigners rose in October in six of them and fell in eleven, mainly in the Balearic Islands (-13,323 contributors) and Catalonia (-9,626). The largest monthly increases, in absolute terms, occurred in Andalusia (9,225 contributors), Valencian Community (7,749) and Madrid (5,715).