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Mining & quarrying

Mining and quarrying includes the extraction of minerals occurring naturally as solids (coal and ores), liquids (petroleum) or gases (natural gas). Extraction can be achieved by different methods such as underground or surface mining, well operation, seabed mining etc.

The sector also includes activities aimed at preparing the crude materials for marketing, for example by crushing, grinding, cleaning, drying, sorting, concentrating ores, the liquefaction of natural gas and the agglomeration of solid fuels.

Future employment growth (in %) in mining & quarrying sector across countries in 2015-2025

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

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

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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, the share of mining & quarrying in total EU employment was 0.37%.

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 mining & quarrying in 2015 were:

  • Poland 1.43%
  • Romania 0.86%
  • Bulgaria 0.85%
  • Czech Republic 0.75%
  • Slovakia 0.49%

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 mining & quarrying in 2015 in EU were:

  • Machine & plant operators 193,516
  • Drivers & vehicle operators 93,883
  • Metal & machinery workers 87,546
  • Science & engineering technicians 75,303
  • Researchers & engineers 74,338

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 mining & quarrying in EU is projected to change by -16.68%

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Occupations employed in the sector in EU in 2015

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 mining & quarrying sector across countries in 2015

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

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

Employment in mining & quarrying sector in EU by education level (2011-2015 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 mining & quarrying sector in EU by age (2011-2015 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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