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Concept and Characteristics

Active contributor status is an administrative decision through which the General Treasury of the Social Security grants people who start their activity the status of being included within the scope of application of a certain Social Security Scheme, according to the type of activity they are carrying out, with the corresponding rights and obligations.

Termination is an administrative act that ends the Social Security legal relationship.

Variations are administrative acts by which modifications to identification, address or employment data on the affiliated workers are communicated to the Social Security System.

Active contributor status is compulsory and the acquisition and termination of active contributor status expresses the current situation of the workers depending on whether or not they are carrying out a professional activity that is included within one of the System´s schemes.

Whereas affiliation is unique, the acquisition and termination of active contributor status can be multiple, successive or even simultaneous if workers are carrying out more than one activity.

Simultaneous active contributor status can give rise to two situations:

  • Multiple activity: when a worker carries out activities that require them to have active contributor status in two or more different Social Security Schemes.
  • Multiple employment: when an employed worker provides services in two or more different companies, but within the same Social Security Scheme.
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