The average number of foreign workers registered with the Spanish Social Security system stood at 1,733,626 in October. A month-on-month increase of 0.38% was posted, equivalent to 6,592 more workers.

The year-on-year rate of foreign workers rose by 6.12%, the highest increase in a month of October since 2007, which equates to 99,982 more workers than in 2015.

The highest figures for foreign workers contributing to the Social Security system correspond to Romania (313,177), Morocco (209,067), China (96,616), Italy (86,425) and Ecuador (68,583). These countries are followed by the United Kingdom (62,096), Colombia (52,356), Bulgaria (55,564), and Bolivia (50,834).

Autonomous regions

In month-on-month terms, the highest increases in foreign National Insurance contributors were posted in La Rioja (15.8%), Castile and Leon (8.64%), Extremadura (8.37%) and Andalusia (6.6%). In year-on-year terms there were increases in foreign National Insurance contributors in all the autonomous regions except Asturias (down 0.58%) and Extremadura (down 15.4%).

The figures posted for October show that 998,658 of the total foreign citizens registered with the Spanish Social Security system are from countries outside of the European Union, while the remaining 734,968 are from EU countries.

The majority of foreign citizens are registered under the General Regime: 1,450,065 in total, a figure that includes the Special System for Agricultural Workers (206,635) and the Special System for Domestic Workers (190,617). This is followed by the Special Regime for Self-Employed Workers (278,787), the Special Regime for Seamen (4,568) and the Special Regime for Coal Workers (206).

Of the total foreign citizens in the system in August, 958,446 are men and 775,180 are women.