Tourism continues to create more jobs
The number of National Insurance contributors tied to tourism activities grew in July by 3.5 per cent year-on-year, to a total amount of 2,618,636, according to figures published by Turespaña, attached to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.
This figure is the highest on record in a month of July. The number of jobs tied to tourism activities has grown in the last year by 89,668 workers registered with the system, which account for 13.6% of all contributors to the national economy.
State Secretary for Tourism, Isabel Oliver said: “These figures are very positive because they show the consolidation of tourism as a source of employment and the government’s efforts to ensure that this is of increasingly higher quality, improving the labour conditions of workers in this sector.”
In July, the number of contributors increased in all branches of tourism: hotel and catering grew by 54,177 contributors (40,663 more contributors in food and drinks services and 13,514 more in accommodation services), other tourism activities grew by 32,979 contributors, and travel agencies saw an increase of 2,512 workers. There has been noteworthy performance of this branch since December 2014, particularly since this activity saw an unbroken reduction in employment figures in the years 2008 to 2014.
Last month, the figure for salaried workers in the tourism sector, which accounts for 81% of the total, rose by 4.1% on the same month of the previous year, while self-employment (19% of the total) rose by 1.3%.
In July, employment rose as a whole for hotel and catering and travel agencies/tourism operators in all autonomous regions. In absolute terms, the greatest increases were posted in Andalusia, Catalonia, the Region of Madrid, the Region of Valencia, Galicia and the Balearic Islands. These six regions account for 78% of the year-on-year increase in absolute terms.