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Integrated Special Regimes

General considerations

In accordance with the tendency to unity that must govern the Social Security system, the following expired Special Regimes became integrated within the General Regime (by Royal Decree 2621/1986): Railway Workers, Football Players, Commercial Representatives, Artists, and Bullfighters; and that of Book Writers became integrated within the Special Regime for Self-employed Workers.

Consequently, they are governed by the rules of the Social Security General Regime, except for the specificities expressly provided for these collectives.



Workers in the artists' collective are included in the General Social Security Scheme and are governed by the common rules of this Scheme, with the exception of certain particularities related to contributions.
Artists are included in the group of artists within the Social Security system, workers who carry out the activities of:

  • Work in the theatre, circus, music, varieties and folklore, including work for radio and television and recordings.
  • Production, dubbing and synchronisation work for films or television, whether in the form of full-length features, short films or advertising
  • Technical and ancillary work directly linked to performing arts, audiovisual and musical activities.

These activities comprise the following professional categories:

Work in the theatre, circus, music, varieties and folklore, including radio and television and recordings.
Occupational Classification Trading group
Directors and theatre Choreographers, artistic directors, first maestro directors, and radio and television presenters 1
Second and third conductors, first and second substitute conductors and orchestra directors 2
Choir masters, head choreographers, rehearsal aides, band directors, stage managers, prompters, radio and television presenters. 3
Actors, musical theatre and pop singers, clowns, night-club entertainers, dancers, musicians and circus performers, variety and folklore artists. 4
Assistant directors 5
Directors' secretaries 7

II. Production work, dubbing or synchronisation of films (for full-length features as well as short films and advertising) or for television, and technical and ancillary work directly linked to performing arts, audiovisual and musical activities.
Occupational Classification Trading group
Directors. 1
Photography Directors. 2
Production managers, technical directors and actors. 3
Decorators, set designers for live shows, events and audiovisuals, stage machinery designers, sound directors, lighting directors, costume designers. 4
Editors, dubbing technicians, lead technicians and dialogue adapters, second operators, make-up artists, technical assistants, first production assistant, photographer (still photo), costume designers, lighting designers, sound technicians, stage machinery technicians, prop technicians and tailoring professionals. 5
Operator assistants, make-up assistants, characterisation assistants, sound assistants, lighting assistants, lighting assistants, stage machinery assistants, props assistants, tailoring assistants, set design assistants, hairdressers, second hairdressing assistants, production assistants, shooting secretaries, production secretaries on set, editing assistants, assistant directors, make-up assistants and production assistants, extras and extras, spotters. 7

The affiliation of artists as workers employed by another person included in the General Social Security Scheme must be carried out at the request of the employer, who is obliged to request the affiliation to the Social Security system of those workers who begin to provide services for his company and who are not already affiliated.

Likewise, the registration, deregistration and variations of data of workers in the group of artists must be requested by the employer, without there being any difference in terms of deadlines and form with respect to workers in the General Scheme.

Bullfighting professionals

This collective's field of application includes bullfighting professionals who reside and normally exercise their activity in the national territory, and are comprised within any of the following occupational classifications:

Matadors or apprentice matadors.


Substitute matadors.

Banderilleros, picadors, and rejoneador subordinates.

Sword and lance handlers and their helpers.


Comic bullfighters.

Candidates to the various occupational classifications.

Commercial representatives

This collective's field of application includes physical persons who, while acting under the designation of representative, mediator, or any other whereby they are identified in the labour environment, commits with one or more employers, in exchange for compensation, to personally promote or arrange commercial operations on their behalf, without assuming the risk and venture of such operations.


Employees of Companies who, while devoted to promoting or arranging commercial operations for them, do so in Company premises or have a job therein subject to the Company's work schedule.

Those who devote themselves to promoting or arranging commercial operations continuously on behalf of one or more employers as owners of an autonomous business organisation, understanding as such an organisation that has its own facilities and personnel. It shall be presumed that no autonomous organisation exists when those who devote themselves to promoting or arranging commercial operations act in accordance with an employer's instructions regarding matters such as work schedules, itineraries, distribution criteria, prices, and ordering and contracting procedures.

Physical persons included within the scope of the specific regulations on insurance production and non-banking contacts provided that, according to said regulations, they are configured as subjects of a commercial relationship.

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