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EU Tourism Sector Employed More Female than Male Workers in 2020, Eurostat Reveals

The European statistics provider, Eurostat, revealed through its latest report on the EU tourism labor market that the sector employed more women than male workers in 2020.

According to the data, of the total number of people employed in the tourism sector in 2020, 58 percent were female, reports.

However, it was revealed that when it comes to all economic activities and not just the tourism sector, the number of female workers was less than male workers.

“In 2020, the tourism sector was employing more females than male workers (58 percent of female workers). On the other hand, the number of women employed in all economic activities was less than the number of men (46 percent),” according to the Statistics Office for Communities European.

Through the same report, Eurostat explained that the tourism sector also employed a higher proportion of educated workers in the tourism sector. In 2020, 18 percent of workers with low education were employed in the tourism sector, while 17 percent of workers were employed in all other economic activities.

The number of foreign workers was also higher in the tourism sector compared to others. Of all those employed in the tourism sector, 18 percent were nationals of other countries. This indicates that EU countries have offered job opportunities to citizens of other countries as well.

Young people were also among the people employed in the sector in 2020. The data show that in 2020, nine percent of all those employed in the tourism sector were young workers. However, pre-pandemic levels recorded during 2019 are still higher.

During the pre-pandemic period, the last two groups, foreign workers and young workers, experienced higher relative shares, 15 percent and 11 percent, compared to 8 percent and 8 percent of workers employed in all economic activities in 2019, respectively.

“The drop in quotas from 2019 to 2020 was likely due to restrictions on cross-border movements of new potential foreign workers, and a more difficult transition from school to the labor market while tourism activity was largely suspended,” Eurostat explained.

In addition, the tourism labor market was characterized by a high proportion of part-time employment (23 percent versus 19 percent of workers in all economic activities) and temporary contracts (18 percent versus 14 percent).

Previously, Eurostat revealed that 8 percent of children living in EU countries are non-citizens. Data collected during 2020 showed that nearly 6.5 million people under the age of 18 do not hold the citizenship of any of the EU member states in which they live.

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