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Business services

This sector covers a broad range of industries involved in the provision of a range of business services, including those related to providing:  professional advice and consulting services; facilities management; information and communication services, and arts, entertainment and recreation services.

Business services includes the following industry groups: banking and finance; insurance; professional services (such as those provided by lawyers, accountants, engineers, computer programmers and analysts, advertising and marketing professionals, etc.); business services; and arts and recreation.  As can be seen it covers a wide variety of activities from those related to finance to those associated with arts and entertainment.

Future employment growth (in %) in business services sector 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 2016, the share of business services in total EU employment was 21.83%.

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 2011-2016, the employment level of business services in EU changed by 7.3%.

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

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

The countries with highest employment share of business services in 2016 were:

  • Luxembourg 32.87%
  • Cyprus 26.83%
  • United Kingdom 26.66%
  • Sweden 26.23%
  • Italy 24.48%

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Employed population by occupation and sector

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

The occupations with the largest numbers of people employed in business services in 2016 in EU were:

  • Office associate professionals 5,392,425
  • Cleaners and helpers 4,306,566
  • Office professionals 4,288,435
  • Legal & social professionals 3,654,022
  • Personal service workers 3,247,306

LOOKING TO 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 business services in EU is projected to change by 11.25%

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Occupations employed in the sector in EU in 2016

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Employed population by occupation and sector

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

Employment share (%) in business services sector across countries in 2016

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

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

Employment in business services sector in EU by education level (2011-2016 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

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

Employment in business services sector in EU by age (2011-2016 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

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

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