Spain Registers 2,613,583 Tourism Sector Workers – Highest Figure Ever Recorded in the Month of September
Spain’s Social Security registered around 2,613,583 employees working in tourism-related activities last month.
According to data from Turespaña, the national tourism body of Spain, this figure has exceeded the highest figure in the historical series for September 2019, which represents a year-on-year increase of 10.5 per cent and the creation of 247,852 new jobs, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Such data also revealed that the tourism sector continues to create jobs in Spain, thus contributing four out of every ten new subsidiaries, representing 13 per cent of the total number of subsidiaries in the national economy.
“The historical figure reached in September in tourism employment shows that our economy has solid foundations despite the context of uncertainty and inflation, and reinforces the role that tourism plays in the economic and employment recovery,” the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto pointed out in this regard.
As the Minister explains, the good employment data show the push that the public administration and the business structure have made in a determined and coordinated manner to diversify and modernize the Spanish tourism model.
“An agenda that is essential to continue creating employment and improve competitiveness-country and to generate confidence in travellers from all over the world so that they choose us for the variety of experiences that Spain offers and guaranteeing the best value for money,” he also added.
As for other tourist branches, the variation of subsidiaries was also positive. Thus, in other tourism activities, the increase was 78,254 workers; in the hotel industry, the increase was 164,523 members, including 98,499 in food and beverage services and 66,024 in accommodation services. At the same time, there was an increase of up to 5,075 workers in travel agencies.
In addition, the number of salary earners, which constitutes about 81.1 per cent of the total number of workers, increased by 13 per cent in September of this year compared to the same period in 2021. Meanwhile, there was also an increase in self-employment by 0.8 per cent.
During September, in all autonomous communities, there was an increase in employment in the hotel industry and tourist agencies/tourist operators. In total, there was a greater increase in Andalusia, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, the Community of Madrid and the Community of Valencia. In relative terms, the interannual growth in the Balearic Islands, with 21.3 per cent, stands out.