Workers in activities related to the tourism sector affiliated with Social Security fell by 11.6% in July compared to the same month of the previous year, until reaching 2,314,971 contributors after subtracting 302,889. This fall is attributed to the crisis caused by Covid-19, as published this Friday by Turespaña, dependent on the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, in the Report on Employment in Tourism.
Thus, as a result of the impact caused by the pandemic, the trend of increases for the month of July that began in 2013 is broken, returning to levels similar to those reached in 2015 and 2016. Of note is the year-on-year drop in affiliates linked to tourism activities in July of 302,889 workers, when the overall Spanish economy fell by 616,496 people.
However, if the data for the month of June is taken, the Social Security gained 100,099 affiliates, 4.5%, which shows a "gradual recovery" in tourism after the end of the state of alarm on June 21 and gradually opening the borders.
The Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés, stressed that the data reflects "the gradual recovery of the tourism sector after the negative impact of the pandemic". In addition, Valdés recalled that, as of July 28, 516,191 tourism workers remained protected by a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE), a system that, in his opinion, "has been shown to be effective in sustaining companies and containing the destruction of employment in the sectors hardest hit by Covid-19".
DROP IN ALL BRANCHES OF ACTIVITY
The decrease in affiliates in July compared to the previous year was registered in all tourist branches: the hospitality industry decreased by 233,765 affiliates (142,180 fewer affiliates in food and beverage services and 91,585 fewer in accommodation services); the other tourist activities decreased by 59,849 affiliates and in the travel agencies there was a fall of 9,275 workers.
In July, the number of wage earners in the tourism sector, which represents 78.8% of the total number of affiliated workers in this sector, decreased 14% year-on-year compared to the same month of the previous year, while self-employment in tourism, which represents 21.2% of the total number of affiliated workers, decreased by 1.2%. For its part, the growth in membership in the month of July compared to June was recorded in the hotel industry (94,944 more registrations) and in other tourist activities (5,641 more registrations), not so in travel agencies, which lost 486 workers.
DESCEND IN ALL THE AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITIES
In July, employment in the hotel industry and travel agencies / tour operators as a whole fell in all autonomous communities. In absolute figures, the greatest decreases occurred in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Andalusia, the Valencian Community, the Community of Madrid and the Canary Islands. These six Autonomous Communities together account for 81.9% of the absolute interannual decrease. On the other hand, in relative terms, the interannual decreases of the Balearic Islands (27.2%) and Catalonia (16.1%) stand out.
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