Tourism is consolidated in Spain as one of the sectors with the greatest capacity for job creation, as evidenced by the data included in the Tourism Employment Report prepared by Turespaña, under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, and disseminated on this day.
In August, 129,867 new Social Security affiliations related to tourism activities were registered, in absolute terms, which means a growth of 5.2% year-on-year. Thus, the total figure of 2,626,125 workers in this sector is reached, the highest figure in the historical series in a month of August. Employment in tourism represents 13.6% of the total Spanish economy.
For the Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, "these positive data show the great dynamism of the sector, which is consolidated month by month as one of the main levers of job creation in Spain, which contributes to the economic development of the territories. A job that is increasingly of higher quality, a consequence of the policies that the Government is developing to improve working conditions. "
Of the 129,867 high occupations in August, 85,063 correspond to hospitality, of which 61,824 correspond to food and beverage services, and 23,239 to accommodation services. As for travel agencies, there was an increase of 2,949 workers. This positive behavior stands out, which has been registered since December 2014, given that in this branch of activity employment had been reduced continuously in the previous six years (2008-2014).
Employment in the hotel and travel agencies / tour operators as a whole grew in all the Autonomous Communities. In absolute figures, the greatest increases were in Andalusia, Catalonia, the Valencian Community, the Community of Madrid, the Balearic Islands and Galicia. These six communities together account for 75.6% of the absolute interannual increase. In relative terms, the year-on-year increases in Andalusia (6.8%) and Murcia (6.6%) stand out.