The bad employment data in February they also brought a new rise in workers at ERTE. Specifically, some 900,000 people, which represents a increase of more than 160,000 in just 28 days. Although the figures of this statistic are far from those registered in the worst of the health crisis, when the 3.5 million ERTE were exceeded, the truth is that the number of affected increases again and represents 6.26% of the affiliated to the General Social Security Scheme.
Of the sectors that make up the Spanish economy, tourism is being the hardest hit by this crisis. Your bad billing information is matched with your employment information. And it is that the restrictions adopted by the different regions have further undermined the main sector of our country. Thus, of the total of those affected by an ERTE, two-thirds They are employees related to tourism. In total figures, 594,317 people.
The hospitality industry concentrates most of the ERTE. And it is that the activities of food and beverage services and accommodation services add up to almost 450,000 people in a temporary regulation file. The closures decreed in some regions such as Galicia, the Basque Country and Andalusia, and the limitations in general have meant that the activity of bars, restaurants and hotels has operated at half gas. In addition, in terms of jobs, this sector has destroyed almost 300,000 compared to February 2020, according to data from the Ministry of Social Security.
Due to the paralysis of tourism, the hoteliers ’employers’ association, Hostelería de España, continues to ask the Government for a crash plan that includes direct aid. In a note issued today, this plan would consist of direct complementary aid to ERTEs and ICOs, which would amount to a total of 3,771 million euros, which would be distributed proportionally to the existing employment in each autonomous community. .
Another sector that accumulates a large number of people in ERTE is the retail trade. Specifically, 98,433 workers. This branch has not raised its head even with the January and February sales and, like the hospitality industry, request a specific plan for the sector in which direct aid is included. It should be remembered that in December the Government already approved a plan of aid for hotels, commerce and other activities related to tourism, but this did not have direct aid.
Air transport is another activity that brings together a large part of its affiliates in an ERTE. Mobility limitations are causing great losses to airlines, which have more than 40% of their affiliates in a temporary regulation file. The travel agency workers also stand out, adding a total of 21,611 people to an ERTE in February.