The greatest growth of self-employed was in the construction sector. SUR
Biggest growth of self-employed in Spain

Biggest growth of self-employed in Spain

Malaga province added almost 3,000 new 'autónomos' in the last year, with many of them working in the construction sector

Cristina Vallejo


Friday, 14 July 2023, 14:55


Malaga added 2,932 'autónomo' workers in the last twelve months, a figure that confirms the province as the most dynamic in Spain in terms of growth in self-employment.

Malaga contrasts with the situation of Andalucía as a whole, where the growth was limited to 2,895 'autonomos' because Cordoba, Huelva, Jaén and Seville lost workers.

According to figures analysed by the National Federation of Self-Employed Workers Associations (ATA), which uses Social Security data as of the last day of the month, Malaga has established itself as the Andalusian province with the largest number of self-employed workers. After the last count, it borders on 131,400 self-employed and the province increases its lead on Seville, where at the end of June the number was 116,420.

In the national ranking, Malaga is only surpassed by Madrid and Barcelona, which have more than 400,000 self-employed workers; as well as Valencia and Alicante, with 183,344 and 140,567, respectively. Malaga is, therefore, the fifth province with the most self-employed in the country.

Although Malaga did not escape the national trend of losing self-employed workers in the commerce and hospitality sectors (down by more than 500 locally), there was also a loss of workers in the agricultural, livestock and fishing sector.

Meanwhile, the greatest growth in the number of self-employed workers in the province was registered by the construction sector, with an increase of more than 700. Other trades that registered growth were real estate (365), information technology and communications (300).

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