Report Claims 67% of Women Suffer Pay Discrimination in Spanish Tourism Sector

The Spanish Tourism Gender Discrimination report is commissioned by Turijobs, a multinational web portal in tourism employment and recruitment.

Turijobs state that the results are conclusive – with 67% of women surveyed claiming they have suffered employment discrimination at some point in their professional career. The results are higher in top jobs, affecting 74% of middle managers and 70% of those in executive positions.

The report shows that both men and women are aware of gender inequality. According to the data, 84% of women and 68% of men believe that both genders do not receive the same professional opportunities.

Breaking tourism down by sector, the report claims that the highest level of discrimination is in the kitchen, with 84% of professionals suffering or believing that there is discrimination. Next come Marketing and PR (76%) and Travel agencies (74%). The least affected is housekeeping and cleaning, with 51%.

Housekeeping and Cleaning are, perhaps unsurprisingly, the least likely to be affected by gender discrimination.


The Turijobs report also looked at aspirations – which returned almost identical objectives across the sexes.

Asked what they would most want to achieve, better working conditions were cited by 33% of women and 32% of men. Higher wages were perhaps surprisingly some way behind at 19% for women and 18% for men. This was followed closely by starting their own business at 19% for women and 18% for men.

As to what prevents them fulfilling their objectives, a lack of opportunities tops the list at 56% for women and 63% for men. Reconciliation with personal life was stated by 20% women and 12% men, and a lack of training opportunities at 10% for women and 9.5% for men.

According to Daniela Freund, vice-dean of Corporate and International Relations of the HTSI school and participant in various forums on women in the world of work, “equality has been achieved at the legal level and at a formal level, but in reality women’s progression is still limited by discrimination”.

Read the full report (in Spanish) below.

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