Catalan insertion companies employ more than 1,700 people


Catalan insertion companies employ more than 1,700 people

28 November, 2013

The 58 Catalan insertion companies listed in the insertion companies register occupy a total of 1,707 people: these are figures taken from the balance of integration enterprises (IE) published by the Catalan Government Department of Employment and Occupation.

Although in the past year the number of workers employed by these firms has declined, falling from 1,808 workers in 2011 to 1,707 the last year, in the last six years the sector has doubled its number of contracts: between 2006 and 2012, the number of IE workers has grown by 130%, while the number of companies registered has increased by 96%.

The number of people working in these companies has also increased: at the end of 2012, 49.7 % of insertion campanies workers were insertion workers, while in 2006 they accounted for 45.8 % of IE staff.

According to the Catalan Department of Employment, integration companies workers are mostly people in a situation of unemployment and social exclusion (51.8%), followed by beneficiaries of the Minimum Integration Income (21.7%), and youth and people under 30 years that come from child protection institutions (14.2%).

As for the employment of IE workers, the Catalan Department of Employment and Occupation notes that the outputs are given mainly in ordinary companies: "The economic crisis affects the ability of ordinary market integration, while IE are making an effort to engage insertion workers in its organization, assuming them as part of their structure." In recent years has also increased the number of integration workers who opt for self-employment, an option that has risen from 1.1% of total output in 2006 to 7.4% in 2012. Interestingly, the number of entry-level workers who become entrepreneurs has increased in the last year, from 0.9% in 2011 to 7.4% last year.

In terms of revenues, the turnover of IE has tripled in the last six years, from global annual sales of EUR 9.17 million in 2006 to nearly 28.37 million last year.