A study released by a Costa del Sol planning body has reported that 20 per cent of jobs in Malaga province, including the Costa del Sol, are in tourism. The percentage is a long way above the national average of 13.7 per cent and the Andalusian regional average of 13.5 per cent.
The study by Turismo y Planificación Costa del Sol, part of the Diputación provincial authority, says that in 2018 there were 6.2 per cent more jobs in tourism than a year earlier.
Just over 70 per cent of people in the tourism sector work for companies and the rest are self-employed. Within the tourism sector, hotels, restaurants and bars employ 82,674 workers, according to social security registration data, and 11,680 are employed in leisure, cultural or sporting activities related to tourism.
Almost eight in ten workers in tourism have Spanish nationality. Just over 80 per cent of all workers in the sector are on full time contracts.
All the subsectors within tourism showed a strong trend towards job creation last year, with the tour operators and car rental sector recording the highest growth, 10 per cent, and reaching 9,138 employees paying social security.
However, on the downside, only 46.6 per cent of workers in the whole tourist sector have permanent, stable contracts.