The hairdressing sector has lost 40% of jobs since 2019


40% of the jobs in the personal image sector (hairdressers, barbershops and beauty salons) have been destroyed in the last four years and during the last three their average annual loss in turnover has been 26%.

The Business Alliance for Personal Image has released this Saturday the VII Wave Study of the Economic Situation of the Sector, which has been carried out with a consultation of 1,663 establishments throughout Spain with the collaboration of employers in the sector, associations and regional federations and platforms of personal image. In 2022, the number of workers per establishment stood at 1.38 employees, compared to 1.43 in 2021 and 2.3 in 2018, before the covid pandemic.

At the moment, 41.55% of salons employ only the self-employed owner of the establishment and only one in three salons (26.28%) has more than one hired worker.

The turnover fell 10.07% in 2022 compared to 2019 -the last year before the pandemic- and by 2023 the study by the Business Alliance for Personal Image estimates that it will do so by 9.78%.

In 2020 (a year with restrictions due to covid), turnover fell by 38.9%; in 2021 it fell 31.8% compared to 2019 and in 2022 it fell 10.07%. During the last three years, the average annual turnover loss has been 26%.

In addition, the study indicates that in 2022 costs increased by 27.2%, mainly due to the increase in the cost of energy; while the sector has only raised prices on average by 2.48%.

Given the situation, the Business Alliance for Personal Image has announced new Protest acts to demand the lowering of VAT in this sector in view of the different electoral events that will take place this year in Spain, in order to demand that the political parties integrate this petition into their electoral programs.

According to the data from his study, 96.64% of those surveyed consider that this measure would serve to alleviate the “fiscal grievance” suffered by the sector of personal image compared to other sectors that also had VAT raised in 2012, but have already returned to lower rates.

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