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Sales workers

Working in this occupation includes selling and demonstrating goods, such as in wholesale or retail shops, at stalls and markets, door-to-door, via telephone or through customer contact centres. Those working in sales jobs may record and accept payment for goods and services purchased, and may manage small retail outlets. Occupations in this group include, for example, stall and market salespersons, shop keepers, cashiers and ticket clerks, fashion and other models, door-to-door salespersons, and contact centre salespersons.

Read more about this occupation in our Analytical highlight.

Future employment growth (in %) of sales 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, sales workers accounted for 7.29% in the total employment in EU.

The total employment in this occupation reached 16,095,360.

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 sales workers in EU changed by 1.89%.

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, sales workers were mostly employed in the following sectors in the EU:

  • Wholesale & retail trade (13,554,605)
  • Manufacturing (836,268)
  • Accommodation & food service activities (536,232) 
  • Administrative & support activities (210,510)
  • Arts, recreation, and other activities (196,657)

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 sales workers in 2015:

  • Greece (12.98%)
  • Bulgaria (10.14%)
  • Malta (9.54%)
  • Cyprus (9.01%)
  • Spain (8.64%)

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 sales workers in EU is projected to change by 1.03%

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Employment of sales 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 sales workers across countries

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Education level profile (%) of sales workers in EU

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Age profile (%) of sales workers in EU

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

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