Escrivá anticipates that Social Security will close June with 85,000 more affiliates

José Luis Escrivá, Minister of Social Security. / ef

The hospitality sector is the only one that has not recovered pre-crisis levels. The minister confirms that he will extend the 15% increase in IMV until the end of the year

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The difficult environment derived from high inflation due to the increase in energy prices does not seem to stop the momentum that in recent months has maintained job creation. The Government estimates that in June there will be a total of 85,000 more recruits (in seasonally adjusted terms), approaching the 300,000 new Social Security affiliates in the first half of the year.

This was stated by the Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivá, during the presentation of the advance of monthly affiliation, boasting that this June will be the third best in the historical series, only behind that of 2005 - when there was a regularization unprecedented number of workers - and that of 2021, when the restrictions of the pandemic ended.

"It is a very high figure, which represents an acceleration in job creation despite the uncertain environment and indicates that the labor market maintains an extraordinarily dynamic behavior, as a consequence of the labor reform". The forecasts handled by the Ministry, in fact, point to the continued creation of high-quality jobs, with special emphasis on permanent contracts and a particular positive impact on young people.

In total, and according to the data detailed by the minister, there are already 630,000 more affiliates than before the pandemic. And all sectors have recovered levels prior to its outbreak, with two notable exceptions. On the one hand, the financial, due to the structural adjustment undertaken by entities in recent months. On the other, and the most outstanding, that of the hotel industry. According to official data, 23,000 workers would still have to join (just over 1% of employment in the sector) to return to normal.

Escrivá himself acknowledges that there is still a long way to go, although he recalls that this delay compared to other sectors is also due to the fact that "we came from very low levels."

The Ministry of Social Security has also wanted to highlight the impact of the labor reform on permanent contracts. "In the first half of the year, 1,400,000 more contracts of this type were generated than if we had not had the reform," explains Escrivá, who recalled that, of that figure, almost a million correspond to permanent contracts and just under 400,000 to indefinite.

In fact, the forecast is that workers with indefinite contracts in June exceed 80%. That is, four out of five. “The effect materializes overwhelmingly by age, with a rise of 26 percentage points in the indefinite period of those under 30 years of age,” insists Escrivá.

The effect of the labor reform is also noticeable in the duration of the contracts: those with more than ten days have increased by 438,000 compared to a further decrease of 836,000 in one-day contracts. According to the data handled by the Ministry, the average duration of the contracts is currently 18.6 days, compared to 15 days before the pandemic (2019).

anti-crisis plan

During his appearance, Escrivá has also confirmed that the Government is working to maintain until the end of 2022 the 15% rise in the Minimum Vital Income (IMV), which expired at the end of June.

The extension of the anti-crisis plan that expires on June 30 would also include a 15% rise in non-contributory pensions.

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