Social Security affiliates linked to tourism activities grew 3% year-on-year in October, reaching a total of 2,434,081 members, according to the data included in the Tourism Employment Report prepared by Turespaña, under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, and disseminated today. It is the record figure in the historical series of a month of October.
Employment in tourism activities has grown in the last year in 70,646 workers in high labor, representing 12.7% of the total affiliates in the national economy.
The Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, positively values these data that “demonstrate the strength of the Spanish tourism sector that maintains a good pace in job creation beyond the summer period despite the impact of Thomas Cook's bankruptcy He has noticed in the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands ”.
To minimize this impact, the Government approved a crash plan that, among other measures, includes a 500 million financing line for tourism projects that will be channeled through the State Financial Fund for Tourism Competitiveness (FOCIT), another line of ICO credit of up to 200 million for affected companies, the extension of Social Security bonuses in discontinuous fixed contracts and grants of 15 and 8 million, respectively, for the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. In addition, AENA approved a reduction of the passenger fare, and ENAIRE of the route fare in order to stimulate airlines to strengthen connectivity, especially in the island territories.
Affiliation by sectors and communities
Of the 70,646 high occupations in October, 39,832 correspond to hospitality. The section "other activities" rose by 29,464 members and travel agencies had an increase of 1,350 workers. The report highlights the positive performance of this branch of activity since December 2014, as it had reduced employment figures continuously in the previous six years (2008-2014).
In absolute figures, employment in the hotel and travel agencies / tour operators as a whole experienced its greatest increase in Andalusia. At the other extreme, the biggest declines took place in the Balearic and Canary Islands. In relative terms, the year-on-year increases of Ceuta and Melilla (6.5%) and Murcia (4.8%) stand out.
The full report can be found here: https://www.tourspain.es/es-es/ConocimientoTuristico/AfiliacionSS/nota-afiliaci%C3%B3n-seguridad-social-octubre-2019.pdf