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Registered foreign workers affiliated to Social Security. By sex and type of scheme. Provinces

Registered foreign workers affiliated to Social Security. By sex and type of scheme. Provinces 2021
Barcelona Girona Lleida Tarragona Catalonia Spain % Cat./Spa.
By sex
Men 218,503 36,868 26,819 28,782 310,972 1,257,945 24.7
Women 168,471 23,211 13,412 18,723 223,816 958,564 23.3
By type of scheme
General and coal mining 295,301 45,932 28,252 33,608 403,092 1,425,070 28.3
Special agriculture 2,864 2,476 7,529 4,220 17,089 233,861 7.3
Special sea 243 192 0 233 668 4,647 14.4
Special domestic 23,693 2,491 997 1,934 29,114 168,535 17.3
Special self-employed 64,876 8,989 3,454 7,511 84,830 384,423 22.1
Total 386,977 60,079 40,231 47,506 534,793 2,216,536 24.1
Source: Spanish Ministry of Employment and Social Security.
Annual average.
Must consider that one single person can be accounted for as many times as social security payments require, either due to working in different labour activities as part of to single scheme or different ones.
Employees of the Agricultural Special System and the Domestic Special System are not included.
Totals include those not classified by sex.

Last update: January 17, 2023.

Methodological note

Definition of concepts

Worker affiliated to the Social Security system
Person that exercises a labour activity in exchange for payment that is affiliated to the general Social Security scheme and the special scheme for mining and coal workers that are working or in similar situations to being working such as temporary incapacity, suspended by reasons of redundancy, partially unemployed, etc. Not included are workers that are fully unemployed, workers with special agreements, workers for companies covered by restructuring plans and workers receiving aid in the form of early retirement payments or in other situations that do not have an effect on contributions. The same person is accounted for as many times as they have situations in which they contribute, whether they have several labour activities in a single regime or in various.
Foreign worker affiliated to Social Security
Foreign citizen that resides in or is legally located in Spain and has obtained administrative authorisation to work, in the cases where this is a legal or regulatory requirement. This situation equates them to a Spanish worker affiliated to Social Security.

Methodological aspects

Applications and registrations of foreign workers, both self-employed or as employees, must be accompanied by documentation accrediting nationality, and other than the case of workers to whom EU regulations are applicable, the corresponding work permit or a document accrediting that they are exempted from the obligation to have one, as well as the details and documents required of Spanish workers.

Foreigners that require administrative authorisation prior to any activity in Spain and that do not possess this authorisation are not included in the Social Security System, notwithstanding that they may be considered included for the purposes of obtaining certain benefits in accordance with the stipulations of the law.

The number of affiliates does not necessarily correspond to that of workers: the same person is accounted for as many times as they have obligations to make contributions.

Unavailable information is represented using the symbol ":". When the value is lower than that of the minimum unit to be able to estimate the statistical operation or if it effects statistical confidentiality, the symbol used is "..".