Over 2,290,000 Foreign Workers in Spain, November 2021

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more than 2.2 million foreign workers in Spain

Spain recorded a total of 2,290,099 foreign workers during November. This represents 11.58% of the total number of affiliated workers, the Social Security department announced.

Social Security data also shows this is the sixth consecutive month of employment growth.

According to the November data provided by Social Security, figures show an increase of more than 29,320 jobs, compared to the previous month’s figures (1.3% increase). This shows there are 100,000 more workers compared to February 2020 figures, before the spread of the pandemic.

Whilst unemployment is down, Spain still has the highest unemployment in the OECD.

Foreign workers in Spain

The number of internationals working in Spain accounts for 11.58% of the total number of Social Security affiliates in seasonally-adjusted numbers.

Cogesa Expats

“In terms of average Social Security affiliation, there were 2,263,281 foreign contributors in November, of whom 792,644 were from EU countries (35.02%) and 1,470,636 from third countries (64.98%). This is 2,137 more than in October,” the statement reads.

The report shows the largest split of foreign workers by country:

  • Romania (332,430)
  • Morocco (280,858)
  • Italy (140,068)
  • Venezuela (106,304)
  • China (106,232)

The gender split is slightly biased towards me:  56.65% male (1,282,152), 43.35% female (981,128).

Balearic Islands buck the overall trend

The Balearic Islands show a different split of international workers in the previous month.

  • Italian                 12,486
  • German              9,997
  • Moroccans        9,255
  • Romanians        6,301
  • British                 6,045

The Ministry also showed Romanians make the largest number of international workers in the following regions: Asturias, Aragon, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Valencian Community, Castilla-La Mancha, Madrid, Extremadura, Basque Country and La Rioja.

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