Data from Turespaña

Employment in the tourism sector is the best October data in the historical series

News - 2022.11.17

In year-on-year terms, the growth rate is 6.4%, making 17 consecutive months of increases, according to data released today by Turespaña.

The Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, said that "this data is very positive, as one in three new jobs in October was generated in the tourism sector, which demonstrates the decisive contribution of this industry to the recovery of the economy and employment in our country".

"The growth in contributors compared to a record year like 2019 has intensified in October compared to the records of the summer months, which could be a sign of the summer season extending and contributing to the aim of deseasonalising tourist flows, which allows us to move towards a more sustainable and higher quality tourism model", said the minister.

152,740 workers compared to one year ago

National insurance contributors in tourism activities increased by 152,740 workers compared to a year ago and represent 12.6% of the total in the national economy. The variation was positive in all branches of tourism: in hotels and restaurants the increase was 85,647 (53,997 in food and beverage services and 31,650 in accommodation services); travel agencies recorded 4,794 more, while in the group of other tourism activities, the increase reached 62,299 workers.

The number of salaried employees in the sector, who represent 80.7% of the total number of workers in the sector, increased by 8% compared to the same month of 2021, while self-employment increased by 0.2%.

By autonomous community

In October, employment in hotels and restaurants and travel agencies/tour operators as a whole increased in all Autonomous Communities, with the sole exception of the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla.

In absolute figures, the largest increases were in Catalonia, Andalusia, the Canary Islands, the Community of Madrid and the Valencian Community. In relative terms, the year-on-year increase of 9.9% in the Canary Islands stands out.

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