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Summary

STEM - related jobs are expected to grow faster than average over the next decade, but there are various challenges for business and policy makers in ensuring appropriate supply of these skills.

Key facts:

  • STEM skills are critical to innovation and in creating a competitive edge in knowledge-intensive economies.
  • From 2003 to 2013, the number of people working in STEM occupations grew by 12%, three times as much as total EU-28 employment. STEM occupations now account for 7% of all jobs.
  • Much of this growth occurred from 2003 to 2008. However, there are signs of a recent upturn, which is creating recruitment difficulties in most EU-28 countries.
  • Demand for STEM skills is anticipated to increase in the short and medium term. Whilst the numbers of STEM students and graduates are both increasing, some employers report that they are not ‘job ready’ and do not possess the ‘right’ skills, especially soft skills.

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