Social Security registers 16,565 more foreign affiliates in December

It is the seventh consecutive month with an increase in employment. The year 2021 ended with 2,306,664 foreign workers, representing 11.62% of the total Social Security affiliates.


The Social Security registered 2,306,664 foreign affiliates in December, after discounting seasonality and the calendar effect. This is 16,565 more jobs than the previous month (0.72%). With this increase, 100,000 more workers are registered than in February 2020, before the impact of the pandemic, after seven consecutive months of growth.

This figure represents 11.62% of the total number of foreign affiliates to Social Security, in seasonally adjusted terms, in December 2021.

Average monthly affiliation

In terms of average affiliation, Social Security had 2,269,806 foreign contributors in December, of which 791,306 came from EU countries (34.86%) and 1,478,5000 from third countries (65.14%). This is 6,525 more employed than in November.

The largest groups of employed persons come from Romania (331,739), Morocco (285,501), Italy (140,387), China (107,143) and Venezuela (106,264). 56.66% were men (1,286,201), while 43.34% were women (983,605).

By autonomous communities, the greatest increase in the number of foreign affiliates corresponds to the autonomous city of Andalusia (3.76%) and Castilla-La Mancha (1.77%). The Canary Islands (0.89%), La Rioja (0.48%), the Community of Madrid (0.40%) and the autonomous cities of Ceuta (0.30%). On the contrary, the most pronounced decreases were registered in Extremadura (-5.56%), the Balearic Islands (-5.17%), in Cantabria (-1.52%), and in Galicia (-1%).

By schemes, the majority of foreigners are affiliated to the General Scheme, a total of 1,879,742 people. This registry includes the Special Agrarian System, with 232,658 employed, and the Home System, with 166,246. The average increase in the General Scheme was 0.34%.

The increase in Agriculture, Livestock, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing and Public Administration and Defence (2.78%), in Electric Power Supply, Gas (1.61%) and in Health Activities (1.57%) stands out.

For its part, the number of foreigners in the Self-Employed Regime grew by 0.21% in the last month, placing the total at 386,089.

In the last twelve months, the affiliation of workers from other countries has increased by 9.20%, that is, by 191,170 people.