Tourism is just the job

The number of people working in tourism in Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley went up by 11.7% between 2014 and 2015, according to newly analysed employment data*.

This is slightly ahead of the 10.7% increase in the number of people working in tourism across Scotland. Additionally, this is also above the 4% rise in Great Britain as a whole. This includes data from Glasgow City, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, East Dunbartonshire and North and South Lanarkshire.

Glasgow is one of the biggest tourism employers, with 30,800 (8%) people employed in the industry and had an increase of 25.5% in the five years between 2011 and 2015. Renfrewshire had an increase of 25% to 5,800 employees and East Dunbartonshire had an increase in 24.3% over the same five years.

North and South Lanarkshire are the next biggest in the area with 6,500 and 8,600 people working in tourism respectively with 11.2% and 16.3% increases over the five year period to 2015.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and published this month (January 2017) on show that, between 2014 and 2015, the number of people employed nationally in the sector grew to 217,000**.

The 217,000 members of the Scottish tourism industry represent 9% of the country’s total employment and is the highest tourism level since Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) records began in 2009.

Just over 53,000 people work in hotels and other accommodation nationally (up 14% to now comprise almost a quarter of the total), while 37,200 are involved in “beverage serving activities” – a sector which saw a 27% increase on 2014 figures and which now comprises 17% of the total.

You can view VisitScotland’s Tourism Employment in Scotland research paper now.

*UK Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) first published in September 2016.

**The employment statistics referenced here use the Scottish Government’s preferred Growth Sector definition of the tourism-related industries (as opposed to the international definition of Tourism as used by the Tourism Intelligence Unit at the Office for National Statistics) for monitoring change in the sector as detailed and available in the Growth Sector Statistics Database.

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