Monday, February 22

Hiring in commerce fell by 16% in January despite the sales

The commerce sectorDespite the sales campaign, it signed 139,393 contracts in January, which is 10.3% less than last December and 16% less than the same month in 2020, according to the analysis carried out by Randstad of the figures provided by the State Public Employment Service (SEPE).

Specifically, the report indicates that since October, the month in which the level of hiring recovered after the summer, this indicator has shown a negative trend, dragged down by the worsening of the epidemiological situation in Spain.

In this way, since January 2020 it is appreciated that the indicator starts to fall At the same time, coronavirus cases increase, registering their lowest volume, close to 72,000 signatures, in April, a month marked by confinement and by the increase in cases in the first wave.

Since then, it has experienced considerable growth, until exceed 181,500 contracts in July, the maximum of the period studied. After the fall in August (117,175 signatures), the indicator grew again, reaching the second highest level in October, 172,760 contracts, and then plummeting to around 140,000 current signatures.

“Neither ‘Black Friday’, nor the Christmas campaign, nor the January sales have had a really decisive effect on the hiring of businesses, which invites us to think that, despite the positive influence of ‘ecommerce‘What mainly affects the sector are the restrictions and the uncertainty caused by the health situation, “explained the director of Randstad Research, Valentín Bote.

The most affected

On the other hand, the report shows that women have been more affected than men, since their hiring fell by 17.7% in one year, from 90,909 signatures to 74,842, while that of men was made by 14%, from 75,067 to 64,551 contracts.

Regarding the age of the professionals who signed contracts in the sector, the segment most affected was those under 25 years of age, which fell by 19.5%, while those over 45 also saw their recruitment volume suffered with a decrease of 19.2%.

For its part, the broadest segment, that of professionals between 25 and 45 years old, went from 94,537 contracts to 81,777, which means a reduction of 13.5%.

The biggest falls

By autonomous community, the sharpest drops in commercial hiring compared to January 2020 occurred in Canary Islands (-31.1%), Catalonia (-25.9%), and Balearic Islands (-24.9%), While with decreases more marked than the national average (-16%) are Cantabria (-23.1%), Galicia (-21.8%), the Community of Madrid (-17.9%), Castilla-La Mancha (-16.9%) and Extremadura (-16%).

The less steep descents were recorded in Andalusia (-15.4%), Aragon (-14.1%), Navarra (-11.3%), Euskadi (-9.8%), Castilla León (-8.4%), La Rioja (-7.7%), Asturias (-5.3%), the Region of Murcia (-4.7%) and the Valencian Community, with a decrease of just seven tenths.

The report shows that at the provincial level, the only hiring increases in the commerce sector took place in Guadalajara (+ 22%), Castellón (+ 20.1%), Soria (+ 17.4%), Palencia (+ 8.1%), Huelva (+ 7.1%), Zamora (+ 3.7% ) and Valencia (+ 0.6%).

Regarding volumes, Andalusia (25,335), Catalonia (21,583) and the Valencian Community (20,179) They represent 61% of all contracts signed in the country during January in the commerce sector, all of them above 17,000 headings.

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