The number of people registered as self employed in Spain has risen once again in the first nine months of 2018 with another 48,992 added to the official statistics according to the Asociación de Trabajadores Autónomos (ATA).
This represents a rise of more than double the figures from the same period in 2017 where there were 22,062 people added to the Régimen Especial de Trabajadores Autónomos (RETA) self employed database.
This means that Spain now has a self employed workforce of 3,253,670 people, a rise of over 1.5% on the same time last year.
The autonomous regions in which numbers grew the most were the Balearic Islands with 10,363 added (+12%) and Andalusia with 15,892 more (+3.1%). Other regions which saw an increase were Canary Islands (+2.1%), Valencia (+2.1%) and Murcia with a rise of 1.6%.
In total, of the 50 autonomous communities in the country, 35 saw an increase with 15 seeing a drop in self employed workers.
In terms of the sectors, which have seen the biggest growth professional services has been the winner with 9,481 new registrations, hospitality with 9,227 and construction with a 9,139.