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Office clerks

Office clerks carry out a range of clerical and administrative activities related to recording, organising, storing and retrieving information; compiling accounting, bookkeeping, financial and other numerical data; and sorting and delivering mail, filing documents, preparing information for processing, maintaining personnel records, etc. The types of job undertaken by office clerks includes: secretaries, typists and data entry clerks, accounting and bookkeeping clerks, payroll clerks, mail carriers and sorting clerks, scribes, filing and copying clerks, and personnel clerks.

They usually need to have completed the first-stage of secondary education but in some instances they will need to have completed the second-stage of secondary education, perhaps by undertaking specialised vocational education and training. Read more about this occupation in our Analytical highlight.

Future employment growth (in %) of office clerks 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, office clerks accounted for 2.98% in the total employment in EU.

The total employment in this occupation reached 6,570,140.

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 office clerks in EU changed by -7.11%.

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, office clerks were mostly employed in the following sectors in the EU:

  • Public sector & defence (1,330,123)
  • Wholesale & retail trade (752,750)
  • Manufacturing (739,882) 
  • Professional services (666,649)
  • Health & social care (593,533)

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 office clerks in 2015:

  • Italy (5.32%)
  • Austria (5.27%)
  • Greece (5.26%)
  • Malta (4.93%)
  • Cyprus (4.69%)

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 office clerks in EU is projected to change by -9.19%

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Employment of office clerks 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 office clerks across countries

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Employment of office clerks in EU in 2015 by education level

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Employment of office clerks 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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