Tourism jobs in Spain increase to a record figure
National Insurance contributors employed in tourism activities in Spain rose in January by 3.5% year-on-year to a total of 2,371,103, according to figures included in the Report on Jobs in Tourism drafted by Turespaña, attached to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism. This is a record figure for a month of January.
Employment in tourism activities has grown in the last year by 80,447 workers registered with the social security system, and now accounts for 12.5% of all contributors to the Spanish economy.
State Secretary for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, welcomes “the good start to the year in terms of jobs, which confirms that dynamic nature of the sector. Tourism has been a genuine driver of change and pros-perity throughout the country and a key pillar for creating opportunities in the badly coined “Empty Spain”. The government is backing and pushing through a new tourism policy based on the diversification of products and destinations, on smart tourism and on better quality jobs, through such measures as the Master Plan for Dignified Work, the negotiating table for quality jobs in hotel and catering and the protocol entitled “Fair and socially responsible hotels.”
Of the 80,447 new con-tributors in January, 47,592 correspond to the hotel and catering industry. The heading “other activities” rose by 30,752 new contributors, while the heading “travel agencies” saw an increase of 2,103 workers. The report highlights the positive performance of this branch of activity since December 2014, which had seen a decline in employment figures for the six straight years, from 2008 to 2014.
Jobs in tourism activities rose in all autonomous regions. In absolute figures, employ-ment in hotel and catering and travel agencies/tour operators enjoyed the largest rises in Andalusia, the Region of Madrid, Catalonia and the Region of Valencia. Lastly, in relative terms, there were noteworthy increases year-on-year in Murcia (up 5.4%) and Andalusia (up 4.8%).