Spain’s Tourism Sector Employed 143,524 More Workers in July This Year Compared to 2021

Spain’s Social Security registered around 2,702,6465 employees related to tourism activities, representing a year-on-year increase of 5.6 per cent and the creation of 143,524 new jobs.

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According to data from Turespaña, the national tourism body of Spain, July continues to be the fourth month in which the number of affiliates is exceeded compared to the same period of 2019 when Social Security recorded 2,617,860 affiliates, reports.

In addition, the tourism sector continues to lead the creation of jobs in Spain, thus representing 13.3 per cent of the total number of affiliates in the national economy.

“The good employment data shows that tourism will be one of the sectors that will contribute the most to job creation and economic recovery this year. In addition, the quality of employment is improving, thanks to the labour reform approved by the Government,” the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, pointed out in this regard.

The data also reveals that the hotel industry gained 198,931 new employees, including about 122,530 in food and beverage services and another 76,401 in accommodation services. At the same time, there was also an increase reported in travel agencies by 5,203 workers. However, the group of other tourist activities has recorded a decrease of 60,610 workers.

As for the hotel industry and travel agencies/tourist operators together, which are sectors that represent 70.3 per cent of the total number of affiliates registered for employment with Social Security in tourism, affiliates increased by 12 per cent year-on-year.

This growth has come due to the increase in wages by 15 per cent and the self-employed by 0.3 per cent.

The recent data from Tuespana also shows that a total of 2,378,437 foreign affiliates were registered with Spain’s Social Security in July after the seasonality and calendar effect declined.

According to the data, there are about 1,409 fewer workers than a month ago, although the pool of foreign workers now numbers nearly 190,000 more employees compared to February 2020.

Through a statement, the Government’s official website revealed that the number of foreign subsidiaries has increased by 71,800 employees.

Moreover, the Spanish authorities have announced that activities related to tourism have registered 391,343 more people employed between April and June compared to the same quarter of the previous year.

In this regard, these figures represent half of the employment created during that period in the Spanish economy as the total number of new jobs created reached 776,000.