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Refuse workers & other elementary workers

Refuse workers and other elementary workers collect, process and recycle garbage from buildings, yards, streets and other public places. They keep streets and other public places clean and tidy, deliver and carry messages, luggage and packages and perform odd jobs for private households or establishments. For people to competently undertake the tasks required in this occupation, they usually need to have completed primary education or the first stage of basic education. A short period of on-the-job training may be required for some jobs. Examples of jobs undertaken by those in this occupation include: garbage collectors; messengers; meter readers; etc.

Read more about this occupation in our Analytical highlight.

Future employment growth (in %) of refuse workers & other elementary workers 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, refuse workers & other elementary workers accounted for 1.10% in the total employment in EU.

The total employment in this occupation reached 2,425,485.

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 refuse workers & other elementary workers in EU changed by 11.47%.

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, refuse workers & other elementary workers were mostly employed in the following sectors in the EU:

  • Public administration & defence (378,389)
  • Water supply, sewerage & related activities (359,191)
  • Education (267,317) 
  • Administrative & support activities (220,887)
  • Transport & storage (213,521)

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 refuse workers & other elementary workers in 2015:

  • Slovakia (2.81%)
  • Malta (2.71%)
  • Portugal (2.59%)
  • Bulgaria (2.29%)
  • Latvia (2.16%)

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 refuse workers & other elementary workers in EU is projected to change by 2.64%

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Employment of refuse workers & other elementary workers 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 refuse workers & other elementary workers across countries

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Employment of refuse workers & other elementary workers in EU in 2015 by education level

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Employment of refuse workers & other elementary workers 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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