The growth of employment in the tourism sector accelerated in July, which closed with 2,559,121 members of the Social Security linked to tourist activities, according to data released this Monday by Turespaña. Tourism employment increased for the second consecutive month, registering a year-on-year increase of 244,150 more affiliates.

There was an acceleration in tourism employment in the month of July that grew by 10.5% compared to July 2020, more than three times that of June (3.3%). This is the second best record for a month of July. Affiliates in tourist activities accounted for 13.1% of the total affiliates in the national economy.

"The successful progress of the vaccination process in our country that places us at the head of the nations with the highest percentage of the population vaccinated with the full schedule (68.4%), together with the effort that the tourism sector has made to offer a service insurance to their clients in times of pandemic, they explain this remarkable recovery in employment in July, which we hope to see also reflected in the August data ”, said the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto. "Once national tourism has recovered, we continue working to achieve normalization in international tourist flows, which have begun to be activated thanks to initiatives such as the EU Digital COVID Certificate that Spain decisively promoted", added the head of the bouquet.

Growth by sectors

The variation of affiliates was positive in almost all tourism branches: the hotel industry increased by 71,163 affiliates (32,996 in food and beverage services and 38,167 in accommodation services); In travel agencies there was a decrease of 3,307 workers, and in other tourist activities the growth of 176,294 affiliates stands out, 26.1% more than in June 2020.

The number of salaried workers, which represents 80.7% of the total number of affiliated workers in the sector, increased by 13.2% compared to the same month of the previous year, while self-employment increased by 0.7%.

By Autonomous Communities

In July, employment in the hotel industry and travel agencies / tour operators increased in almost all the Autonomous Communities, with the exception of the Canary Islands, the Community of Madrid, the Basque Country and La Rioja. In absolute figures, the largest increases occurred in Andalusia, the Balearic Islands, Catalonia and the Valencian Community. In relative terms, the increase in the Balearic Islands (14%) stands out.

The full affiliation report of Turespaña can be consulted at the following link:

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