Balearic Tourism Sector Employment 3rd Quarter Returns 2017

The 3rd quarter returns are typically the most important in that they cover the high season July to September.

Please remember that these statistics take no account of those employed in the tourism sector illegally without contracts.

Number Employed – Up 1/3rd in a decade.

2017 T3

An average 185,600 people were employed in the tourism sector, a small increase of 1.5% on the 2016 T3 period.

Though the overall number is relatively static, the division of sectors shows considerable change.

Of the 185,600 total, 76,000 are employed in accommodation services, up 25% on the year, 60,600 in food and beverage service, down slightly by 1.46%, 21,400 employed in transportation of passengers, down a whopping 38% on 2016, and 27,600 in ‘other’ tourist activities, an increase on 5.88%


Taking the figures back to their starting point of collection shows an increase of around one third on the total of 137,200 people recorded as employed in the tourism sector in the 3rd quarter of 2008.

Number unemployed – 2nd lowest since 2008

The 3rd quarter of 2017 had the 2nd lowest level of unemployment within the tourism sector since current counting methods started in 2008.

The lowest level in the entire period was 7,600 in the 3rd quarter of 2014, followed now by 2017 T3 at 7,900.

Until this year the second lowest unemployment level was 9,800 back in 2008.

The third quarter in 2017 shows a drop of 2,700 on the 10,600 unemployed in the same period last year.

Hours Worked – 2 hours above average.

Staff in the tourism sector continue to work between 2 and 3 hours more per week than the national average across all employment types.

As would be expected, the difference is greatest in the high season, showing this year as 38h 31m per week, compared to a national average of 35h 08m in all service sectors, and 35h 18m in all employment.

Annually the difference is less marked but still significant at 36h 44m average in tourism, and 34h 58m in all employment.

Overall hours worked have reduced in the period since 2008. 10 years ago, average hours peaked at over 40 and were shown to average at around 38 – so two hours more than today’s figures. Aside from an inexplicable spike in 2013, there has been a gradual year on year decrease over the period.


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