Spain: Tourism sector continued to lead job creation in July with 143,524 more people employed than a year ago

July is, therefore, the fourth consecutive month in which the number of registered workers has exceeded the figure for the same month in 2019 (2,617,860). The tourism sector continues to lead job creation in our country, accounting for 13.3% of the total number of contributors in the national economy.

“The good employment data show that this year tourism will be one of the sectors that will contribute most to employment generation and economic recovery. Moreover, the quality of employment is improving, thanks to the labour reform approved by the government”, said Reyes Maroto.

For the Minister of Tourism, “the sector is benefiting from the desire to travel of both residents and international travellers, who have chosen Spain for its security vis-à-vis Covid-19, and for its excellent tourism products in both the sun and beach segment and in rural and urban tourism. For the moment, inflation is not affecting the decision to travel, and the measures adopted by the government such as the fuel rebate and tax reductions like the reduction in VAT on electricity, are bringing relief to many families”.

Branches of activity

In hotels and catering, the figure increased by 198,931 contributors (122,530 in food and beverage services and 76,401 in accommodation services), while in travel agencies there was a decrease of 5,203 workers. Other tourism activities as a whole recorded a decrease of 60,610 workers.

In the hotel and catering and travel agencies/tour operators sectors added together, which account for 70.3% of the total number of national insurance contributors in tourism, enrolment increased by 12% year-on-year. This increase was due to both an increase in employees (15%) and an increase in self-employed workers (0.3%).

By Autonomous Community

In July, employment in hotels and catering and travel agencies/tour operators as a whole increased in all regions. In absolute figures, the largest increases were in Andalusia, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, the Valencian Community and the Community of Madrid.

In relative terms, the year-on-year increases in the Balearic Islands (23.1%) and the Canary Islands (19.3%) stand out.

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