Spain’s tourism achieves unprecedented employment, shifts away from its seasonal pattern

Today in Adeje, Héctor Gómez, Spain's Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism, unveiled the second-quarter sector statistics. Notably, over 80% of the workforce now enjoys permanent employment contracts.

Héctor Gómez, the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Tourism, delivered a presentation in Adeje today, unveiling the Labor Force Survey findings for the second quarter of 2023. The data underscored the sector’s robustness and competitiveness within Spain. Notably, a significant aspect revealed that a quarter of all jobs generated during that period were directly tied to the tourism industry.

During the second quarter of 2023, the tourism sector employed 2.86 million individuals, marking a 6.3% increase from 2019 and surpassing the threshold of 3.1 million active workers.

Of utmost importance, a remarkable 80.4% of these tourism sector employees held permanent contracts, reflecting an impressive 18.1% surge and the eighth consecutive uptick. This shift breaks away from the historically temporary nature of the industry, providing substantial stability to its workforce.

Héctor Gómez emphasized that the synergy between the coalition government’s labor reform and the crisis-era measures, such as ERTEs, played a pivotal role in fortifying the tourism sector. This collective effort propelled it to emerge from the crisis as one of the world’s most resilient and competitive players.

Elaborating on the matter, Héctor Gómez elaborated, “Tourism stands as a cornerstone of our nation’s economy. Spain persists in cultivating employment opportunities linked to this vital sector, doing so with increasing strength and prioritizing stability and excellence as our guiding principles.”

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