Women increase their labor participation in Chilean tourism

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Women increase their labor participation in Chilean tourism
Mon May 03, 2021

According to the National Employment Survey (ENE) of the National Statistics Institute (INE), during the last quarter, women employed in the sector increased by 1.3% compared to the previous year

According to the latest employment data provided by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), those employed in the Characteristic Activities of Tourism (ACT) during the moving quarter January - February - March 2021 totaled 476,026 people, representing a drop of 24 , 4% in 12 months (-153,583). However, this decrease is 2.52 percentage points lower than the twelve-month variation registered in the previous quarter (-26.9% DEF in 2021; 480,848 Employed persons). Finally, when comparing the figures with the December-January-February quarter, the drop is only 4,823 fewer employed persons.

Those who did show a recovery were women, whose participation increased by 1.3% compared to the same period of the previous year, which is equivalent to 2,978 more employed persons. In total, there are 224,211 women employed in the sector. Meanwhile, the number of men employed in tourism reaches 251,815, representing 52.9% of the ACTs.

Regarding the figures released this morning, the Undersecretary of Tourism, José Luis Uriarte, commented that seasonality influenced them, as it usually happens. “Summer was a better period for the sector, as it has historically been, although the entry into quarantine of many communes during March generated a decline, which is reflected in these data. Recovering jobs in tourism is what concerns us most at this time and we must continue working for it, hand in hand with health care and the possible reopening that is being generated in different areas of the country. It is a long road, but we are improving and that is the most fundamental thing ”.

For her part, the National Director of Sernatur, Andrea Wolleter, stressed that it is important to maintain sanitary safeguards. “If we continue to take care of ourselves, the communes will continue to advance in Step by Step and that will translate into the gradual and safe reopening of the sector. That is the best way to recover the jobs that we have lost, but little by little, they are gaining strength ”.

During the EFM 2021 quarter, the contribution of Tourism to the total economy reached 5.84%, which represents a decrease of 0.05 pp. in relation to the immediately previous moving quarter.  

Accommodation and Food Service Activities together with sports, recreational and cultural activities stood out negatively in the quarter of analysis, registering a twelve-month variation of -26.7% and -41.6%; respectively.

When comparing the results with the immediately previous moving quarter, the Tourist Transport Activity stands out positively with a growth of 1.6%, which is equivalent to 1,451 more employed persons than in the previous period.   

Finally, the regions that concentrated the highest number of employed persons in the ACTs are the Metropolitan Region, with 220,817 employed persons; followed by the Valparaíso Region, with 48,051 and the Biobío Region, with 27,946 employed persons.


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