By Tara Rippin • 06 December 2018 • 20:45
TWO million foreigners are currently working in Spain, according to the latest Social Security statistics.
This represents 10.6 per cent of the labour force with the majority employed in Madrid and Barcelona. Other areas with a higher density of non-Spanish workers are Murcia, Alicante, Valencia, Malaga and the Balearic Islands.
Valencia, Alicante and Murcia, each recorded more than 80,000 employees from overseas, with Malaga, Almeria, Girona, Las Palmas and Zaragoza, individually accounting for over 50,000.
Of the 2,010,634 employees in Spain, 835,636 are from countries within the EU (41.6 per cent), while the remainder are from outside the union.
Romanians account for 304,307 foreign workers, followed by Moroccans, 225,034, and Italians, with 88,121.
And overall, more than half of the foreign workers (56 per cent) are male.
Aside from the 326,529 who are self-employed, most of the workers are employed in the hospitality sector, followed by agriculture, trade.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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