Employment in the tourism sector grows 6% in summer due to increased demand

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Employment in tourism activities has had a 6.3% growth in the third quarter, that is, a figure that has touched the 2.8 million of workers (165,118 more employees) compared to the same period in 2021. According to data from the Active Population Survey (EPA), released by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, during the summer months the sector has had more of 3 million active workers, a 7.5% more than in the same period of the previous year.

In tourist activities unemployed percentage it has been 9%, a figure that is 3.7 percentage points below the national average of 12.7%. The busy in tourism have represented 13.5% of total employment in the Spanish economy and 32.1% of 515,000 additional employed that this has generated compared to the same quarter of 2021.

The number of employed has increased in all branches of activity, being in hostelry 5.3%, as a result of the positive evolution of both food and beverage services, with 0.8% more, and accommodation services, with 19% more, in travel agencies a rise of 0.7 % and in passenger transport, 12.5%. The number of employees in the tourism sector has increased by 7.1%, up to almost 2.3 million workers, thus continuing the year-on-year increases of the previous five quarters; and that of the self-employed has done so by 2.9%, up to total of 504,041.

Full-time numbers on the rise

Wage earners have had increases in passenger transportof 11.3%, in hotels, of 7.8%, and in other tourist activities, of 4.1%, within which, travel agencies experienced a contraction of 14.7%. The employees with Indefinite contract (the 73.9% of the total) have had an increase of 20.2%, which represents the fifth consecutive rise, while those who had a temporary fell by 18.2%.

The rate of temporary employment (employees with a temporary contract/total employees) in the tourism sector has been 26.1%, a figure lower than that of the same period of the previous year, compared to 20.2% for the Spanish economy. The employees with full time represented 78.2% of the total and have grown by 11.2%, while those who work part-time have decreased by 5.6% and accounted for 21.8%. Foreign workers in the sector have increased to 602,453, 17% more, experiencing a lower rise self-employed (6.4%) than wage earners (19.4%).

Greater increases in the Canary Islands and the Basque Country

In this third quarter the number of employed persons has risen in all the autonomous communities, except in Madrid, Aragón, Cantabria, Extremadura and Ceuta and Melilla. Among the communities that have experienced the greatest increases, Canarias stand out, with a rebound greater than 26%and the Basque Country, with one of 20.8%.

In absolute figures, Catalonia has concentrated the largest number of employed in tourism, with 483,312 (5.9% more), followed by Andalusia, with 463,660 (12.6% more), which together with four other communities with higher tourist flows (Madrid, Canarias, Baleares and la Valenciana) have brought together the 74.3% of the total.

Source: lainformacion.com

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