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Elementary occupations

Elementary occupations involve the performance of simple and routine tasks which may require the use of hand-held tools and considerable physical effort. For competent performance in many elementary occupations, completion of primary education or the first stage of basic education are required. A short period of on-the-job training may be required for some jobs. Occupations classified as elementary include office cleaners, freight handlers, garden labourers, and kitchen assistants.

Read more about these occupations in our Analytical highlight.

Future employment growth (in %) of elementary occupations across countries in 2015-2025

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

Key facts

SIZE OF EMPLOYMENT

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

In 2015, elementary occupations accounted for 9.20% in the total employment in EU.

The total employment in this occupation reached 20,311,962.

RECENT HISTORY

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

During the period 2011-2015, the number of people employed as elementary occupations in EU changed by 1.93%.

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Employed population by sector and occupation

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector and occupation.

In 2015, elementary occupations were mostly employed in the following sectors in the EU:

  • Administrative & support activities (2,893,186)
  • Manufacturing (2,392,572)
  • Wholesale & retail trade (2,255,637) 
  • Arts, recreation, and other activities (2,108,670)
  • Human health & social work activities (1,904,928)

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Countries with highest employment share of elementary occupations in 2015:

  • Cyprus (15.96%)
  • Spain (12.77%)
  • Latvia (12.20%)
  • Italy (11.16%)
  • Portugal (10.94%)

LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

In the period 2015-2025, employment for elementary occupations in EU is projected to change by 7.88%

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Employment of elementary occupations in EU in 2015 across sectors

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Employed population by sector and occupation

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector and occupation.

Employment share (%) of elementary occupations across countries

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Employment of elementary occupations in EU in 2015 by education level

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Employment of elementary occupations in EU in 2015 by age

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

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