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Tourism regains its role as a catalyst for employment in Spain

In hotels and restaurants there was an increase of 67,079 contributors to the Social Security system
07 September 2021, Spain, Palma: Holidaymakers crowd at the beach of Arenal in Majorca after some coronavirus measures lifted due to the low incidence. Photo: Clara Margais/dpa
Holidaymakers crowd at the beach of Arenal in Mallorca after some coronavirus measures lifted due to the low incidence. Photo: Clara Margais/dpa.

The number of contributors to Social Security in the tourism sector grew by 4% year-on-year in August, up to 2,336,501 employees, which is 91,405 more than a year ago.

This is the third consecutive month that this year-on-year growth has been recorded, according to data published on Tuesday by the Spanish state tourism institute Turespaña.

With the August data, employment in tourism represents 12.3% of the total number of affiliates in the national economy.

The Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, assessed the data "as positive, as they show that the trend of recovery in tourism employment has been consolidated in August with a higher growth, in relative terms, than that of all those affiliated in the Spanish economy and in the services sector".

"Despite this improvement, it is still necessary to extend the safety shield provided by the ERTEs (temporary layoffs) in sectors whose activity has not yet fully normalised due to the slow recovery of international mobility, as is the case of tourism, which remains a sensitive sector for the Government", she added.

In almost all branches of activity

This year-on-year growth has been recorded in almost all branches of tourism.

In hotels and restaurants there was an increase of 67,079 affiliates (26,109 in food and beverage services and 40,970 in accommodation services); other tourism activities increased by 27,525, while in travel agencies there was a decrease of 3,199 workers.

Salaried employment in the sector grew by 5% and self-employment by 0.5%.

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