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Primary sector & utilities

This sector covers the major industries of agriculture, mining and quarrying, electricity, gas and water supply as well as sewerage and waste management. These cover:

  • the production of crop and animal products (including forestry and logging activities); the extraction of minerals from the earth (coal, oil and gas) including activities that prepare minerals for marketing (e.g. crushing, grinding, cleaning, drying, sorting, liquefying natural gas etc.);
  • the supply of water, electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning for home and business use including the collection and treatment of water (e.g. from rain, rivers, lakes and wells) production of energy (from generation stations) and distribution of water and energy (through systems such water mains and irrigation canals, gas and electricity lines, poles, meters); and
  • the collection, treatment and disposal of various types of waste materials (household and business) as well as the clean-up of contaminated sites (e.g. used oil from shipment or garages, radioactive materials at decommissioned nuclear power stations).

Future employment growth (in %) in primary sector & utilities 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 2015, the share of primary sector & utilities in total EU employment was 6.35%.

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 primary sector & utilities in 2015 were:

  • Romania 28.41%
  • Poland 15.12%
  • Greece 14.55%
  • Croatia 12.32%
  • Lithuania 11.08%

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 primary sector & utilities in 2015 in EU were:

  • Skilled agricultural workers 6,452,599
  • Agricultural, forestry and fishery labourers 1,359,379
  • Drivers & mobile plant operators 746,264
  • Science & engineering associate prof. 657,800
  • Subsistence agricultural workers 455,842

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 primary sector & utilities in EU is projected to change by -16.16%

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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 primary sector & utilities 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.

Education level profile (%) in primary sector & utilities sector in EU (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.

Age profile (%) in primary sector & utilities sector in EU (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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