Tourism industry – who does it employ?

The tourism industry has a long history of providing temporary seasonal
employment and, according to an article from the Office for National Statistics (Tourism employment summaries: Characteristics of tourism industries, 2014), there are more young, aged between 16 and 24, working in tourism than other

The chart below shows the distribution of ages of workers in both tourism and non-tourism industries in 2014. It indicates that tourism workers are generally younger in age, with 26.40% of tourism workers being between the ages of 16 and 24, compared with only 10.50% in non-tourism industries.


Figure 4 (below) shows the distribution of tourism workers by both age bands and sex. It can be seen that the distribution of workers is fairly even through the age groups, although there is a higher percentage of females between 16 and 24 than is the case for males (29.30%, compared with 23.70%).

Figure 5 shows the percentage of tourism workers by age, this time split into 4 age bands, by region of the UK. The percentage of workers in each age group is mostly consistent, with a high proportion of workers being 16 to 29 years old, with the
exception of London. London has a higher percentage of workers age 30 to 44 with a slightly lower percentage of other age groups.

Figure 6 shows the age of tourism workers across the 4 sectors of main tourism employment. There is a high proportion of 16 to 29 year olds working in food and beverage serving activities, more than 50% (this figure was adjusted 4 February 2016, 14:00), whereas in the transport industries there is only a small percentage of 16 to 29 year olds. The accommodation for visitors industry has a higher
proportion of workers aged 60 and over.

So, regardless of age and gender, there is a seasonal job out there for you! Please click here to view all our current holiday job vacancies.

(Source: Tourism employment summaries: Characteristics of tourism industries, 2014, Office for National Statistics)

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