TN 2 (07-99)
GN 01721.010 The Spanish Social Security System
The Spanish Social Security system provides a wide range of benefits in addition to retirement, survivors and disability benefits. To qualify for Spanish benefits, a worker must meet minimum length-of-coverage or recency-of-work requirements that vary depending upon the type of benefit. The Spanish system is divided into:
a general system that covers most employees in the private sector, and
several special systems that cover workers in specific occupational categories: agricultural employees and small farmers, seamen, coal miners, railroad workers, artists, bullfighters, domestic employees, commercial representatives, self-employed persons, authors, professional soccer players and students.
As used in this subchapter, references to the Spanish system include the general system and the special systems.