A year of COVID-19: impact on tourism jobs: Australia

In the year to March quarter 2021, tourism filled jobs fell by 5.1 per cent to 662,700, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Jonathon Khoo, ABS head of Tourism Statistics, said: “Since the low in June 2020, 56,200 tourism jobs have been added; however the rate of recovery in the number of full-time and part-time tourism jobs varies throughout different stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Full-time tourism jobs have been more impacted on a year on year basis (down 6.5 per cent), however the number of full-time jobs (337,600) exceeds the number of part-time jobs (325,100) at the end of this period.

Mr Khoo added: “In the initial phase of the COVID-19 restrictions, it was part-time tourism jobs that bore the brunt of the losses. These rebounded strongly across the second half of 2020 as domestic travel resumed, but fell away in early 2021 as full-time jobs continued to return.”

Tourism jobs held by females (346,200) have been more impacted in the year ending March 2021, with 33,200 (-8.8 per cent) jobs lost since March 2020. This compares to tourism jobs held by males (316,500) who lost 2,300 (-0.7 per cent) jobs over the same period.

Tourism jobs (‘000) by employment status, March 2020 to March 2021, original series

Full-timePart-time
Mar-2020360.9337.3
Jun-2020332.1274.4
Sep-2020311.1320.1
Dec-2020323.0336.6
Mar-2021337.6325.1
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