The number of workers employed in the tourism sector has risen to 129,050 people in the second quarter of 2018 in the province of Malaga, representing an increase of 10.1 percent over the same period last year, according to the latest Barometer of Tourist Employment made by Turismo Costa del Sol.
This increase means that tourist employment already accounts for 20.5 percent of the labor market in the province of Malaga, as reported in a statement.
The president of Tourism Costa del Sol, Elias Bendodo, stressed that “these data highlight the strength, weight and impact of the tourism industry in the economy of the entire province,” since “one in five employed works in any activity related to tourism, so we must all be aware of the contribution of tourism to the economy of Malaga “.
Also, Bendodo has detailed that the weight of tourism activity in employment is higher in the Costa del Sol than in Andalusia and Spain, where it accounts for 14.3 percent and 13.7 percent respectively.
Specifically, of the 129,050 workers employed in the tourism sector on the Costa del Sol, hospitality brings together the largest number of employed with 94,060 people, representing 72.9 percent of tourism employment in the province.
On the other hand, the second activity that generates more employment is transport with a total of 11,290 employed people, which account for 8.8 percent of tourist employment, while in other activities related to tourism are occupied a total of 23,690 people, 18.4 percent of total tourist employment.
By nationalities, Spaniards accounted for 79.3 percent of tourist employment, with a total of 102,330 employed, while foreigners accounted for 20.7 percent of the tourist occupation, with a total of 26,720 workers.
The Tourist Employment Barometer of the Costa del Sol also analyzes the professional situation, the type of contract and the type of working day of tourist employment, where it is detailed that in the province there are 103,180 employees, 80 per cent of the contracts, compared to the non-salaried 25,870 that represent 20 percent of the hirings.
In the second quarter, the number of wage earners increased by 15.5 percent, while that of non-salaried workers, by 4.1 percent, has been explained.
By type of contract, permanent employment increased by 12.2 percent in the second quarter and now represents 44.5 percent of tourist employment, with a total of 57,470 people with an indefinite contract in tourism.
On the other hand, temporary contracts represent 35.4 percent of the tourist work market, with 45,720 people and an increase of 20 percent in relation to the previous quarter.
The full-time continues to be the predominant note in tourism employment, since 80.1 percent of workers work full-time compared to 25.63 percent who work part-time, increasing more full-time employment, a 13 , 6 percent, that part-time compared to the first quarter of the year.
In this regard, Bendodo said that “we face the year 2018 with the satisfaction of continuing to see positive indicators every month in tourism, but it is even greater because these results have their impact on job creation in the province of Malaga” .
In this way, Bendodo has congratulated professionals and entrepreneurs in the tourism sector for positive employment data, has valued the increase in indefinite hiring “that gives more stability” and has detailed that this “last barometer confirms the good progress of tourism, because work is being created and as the season progresses better records are obtained “.
AFFILIATION TO SOCIAL SECURITY
The number of workers registered in the Social Security in activities related to the tourism sector reached 118,467 people in the second quarter of the year, 4.9 percent more than in the same period of 2017.
The increase in affiliates in June was registered in all tourist branches. Hospitality, which brings together 74 percent of affiliates, increased their membership by 4.6 percent compared to the previous year, with a total of 87,655 members. Affiliations in the transport sector grew by four percent, with a total of 9,380 workers, while leisure, cultural and sports activities reached 12,114 members with an increase of 5.5 percent.
The activity that most increased the number of Social Security affiliations in the second quarter of the year were those related to the rental of vehicles, travel agencies and operators, with an increase of 8.3 percent and a total of 9,318 workers.