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710,200 people employed in cultural activities in Spain

Thursday 13 February 2020

This represents an increase of 2.9%, and confirms the growing trend of recent periods.

Young people with higher education - profile of a cultural worker

The proportion of young people in cultural work stands at a higher level than in employment as a whole. The number of workers in cultural activities aged from 16 to 34 stands at 27.7%, compared with 24.6% of the total. This gap closes for those in the 35 to 44 age group, with 30.6% in work in cultural activities compared with 29.6% of the total, and the figures are lower for those over the age of 45, at 41.7%, compared with 46.1% in all job sectors.

Significant differences were also observed by the sex of workers in cultural activities compared with all job sectors, with a higher proportion of men - 60% - compared with 54.3% in total. The percentage of women employed in cultural activities stood at 40% in 2019.

Employment in cultural activities is in turn characterised by higher academic training than the average, with 69.1% of workers holding higher education qualifications, compared with the average of 43.8%.

The regional governments with the largest number of people engaged in cultural activities are Madrid, with 5.3%, and Catalonia, with 4.5%.

The methodological breakdown of this extrapolation, drawn up by the Statistics and Studies Division of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, together with the results for 2018, can be consulted in the section on employment in cultural activities, available on CULTURAbase.

The figures for companies engaged in cultural activities have been measured, including publishing activities, libraries, archives, museums, film-making, videos, radio and television, artistic activities and spectacles, among others. In addition, those professions corresponding to activities with a cultural dimension, such as writers, artists, archivists, librarians, etc. have also been taken into account.

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