The tourism sector continues to lead job creation in June

The month of June closed with 2,619,681 Social Security affiliates linked to tourist activities, which represents a year-on-year growth of 14.5% and the creation of 331,555 new jobs, according to data released by Turespaña.

The tourism sector continues to lead the creation of employment in the country, contributing 4 out of every 10 new jobs and already representing 13% of the total number of affiliates in the national economy.

“The rate of job creation in tourist activities in the first half of the year has been historic with an average of 53,000 new jobs per month, which indicates that the vaccination process, together with the ERTES mechanism, and the social shield approved by the Government to protect employment and companies during the worst moments of the pandemic, is proving to be an effective tool for the recovery of the tourism sector”, Reyes Maroto pointed out.

For the Minister of Tourism, “the sector is resisting the effect of inflation well and will be one of the sectors that will contribute most to economic recovery and job creation this year. This situation is also being reflected in the improvement of the quality of employment, thanks to the labour reform approved by the Government”.

Employment increased in all branches of activity. The hotel industry gained 238,422 affiliates (149,995 in food and beverage services and 88,427 in accommodation services); the other tourist activities increased by 87,649 affiliates, while in travel agencies there was an increase of 5,484 workers.

In the hotel industry and travel agencies/tour operators together, sectors that represent 69.7% of the total number of registered labour affiliates to the Social Security in tourism, the affiliates increased by 15.4% in the interannual rate. This increase was due to both the increase in wage earners (19.4%), who represent 81% of the total in the sector, and the self-employed (0.8%).

In June, employment in the hospitality and travel agency/tour operator sectors as a whole increased in all the Autonomous Communities compared to last year. In absolute figures, the greatest increases occurred in Andalusia, the Balearic Islands, Catalonia, the Valencian Community, the Canary Islands and the Community of Madrid. In relative terms, the interannual increase in the Balearic Islands (31.7%) and the Canary Islands (20.3%) stands out.