The months between June and September see a surge in the number of employees hired and represent a year-on-year increase of up to 30%. This year the forecasts are good and it is expected that the summer season will create 10% more contracts than in 2015, according to Adecco’s report on the Summer Season.
This will mean more than 1,131,700 contracts in sectors typically linked to summer jobs, such as catering and tourism, although employment will rise in the services and industry sectors.
By autonomous regions, Catalonia is the one that will have the greatest number of contracts, followed by the Madrid Autonomous Region and Murcia. All three are regions that benefit particularly from tourism in the summer months. In addition, in the case of Murcia, the summer season also means more activity in the agriculture sector.
If the current data are compared with 2015, all Spanish autonomous regions will experience an increase in the number of employment contracts this year. Of particular note are the increases of Madrid, Murcia and the Balearic Islands, of close to 15%; while in Catalonia and Andalusia this figure will reach 12% and in Aragon, 10%.
As regards profiles, the jobs most in demand this summer are varied and depend on the sector and geographical area. Tourism and catering will account for a significant part of those hired: chefs, kitchen assistants, waiters, travel agents, room service staff, free-time instructors or entertainers and life guards will be some of the professions most in demand.
In the industrial sector, production workers, truck operators, maintenance staff, industrial workers and production and quality engineers will also be very sought after this summer.
Shops, due to the increase in sales that take place in these months of the year, will need more shop assistants, promoters, sales representatives, shelf stackers, cashiers, customer service staff and sellers, amongst others.
As with other years, languages are almost indispensable when looking for a job in the areas with the most international tourism. Although English continues to be the language most in demand, in recent years languages such as German, Russian or French have come into play.
Apart from the training that may be required for each job, skills such as the ability to work in a team, being multi-skilled, being committed or involved are transversal and important for anyone looking for summer work.
With respect to the services sector, good customer service skills, having a positive attitude, good communication and commercial skills and the ability to be proactive are most in demand. And in the industrial sector, manual dexterity, the ability to tolerate stress and being results orientated will be important.