CHRISTMAS usually requires plenty of helpers to get the job done, but there will be a 60% drop in festivity fuelled employment in the Balearic Islands this year. 

Recruitment rates will fall back to 2013 levels, data suggests, with 8,395 job contracts no longer required in the region. 

The study, carried out by human resources company Randstad, has analysed the most active sectors in the festive period: hospitality, commerce and logistics. 

Between the three sectors hospitality will suffer the biggest hiring blow, with less than half (42.6%) of the number of seasonal jobs available last year. 

Across Spain, the data estimates there will be an overall 34.5% drop in seasonal hiring compared with 2019.  

Loss of job opportunities will be significantly higher in the Balearics meanwhile, with a 60.3% decrease. 

This means the Balearic Islands will suffer the largest employment drop in the country over the Christmas period. 

The Canaries and Extremadura follow in the loss league but at much lower percentages, with 49% and 44% recruitment reductions respectively. 

Unemployment in Spain has risen by 10% since July, revealed a study by the INE (Instituto Nacional de Estadistica) this week. 

More than a quarter (25.65%) of expats in Spain are unemployed, revealed the survey. Meanwhile, 14.77% of the Spanish population are without work.

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