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Professional services

This sector encompasses a range of services. The real estate sector includes lessors, agents and/or brokers engaged in: selling or buying real estate; renting real estate; providing other real estate services, such as appraising real estate; or acting as real estate escrow agents (e.g. acting as a third-party for the primary transacting parties). Also included is the building of structures, combined with maintaining ownership or the leasing of such structures, and activities of real estate property managers.

The professional, scientific and technical segment includes specialised professional, scientific and technical activities. These activities require a high degree of training, and make specialised knowledge and skills available to users. The types of specialist services encompassed in the sector include: legal and accounting activities; activities of head offices; management consultancy activities; architectural and engineering activities; technical testing and analysis; scientific research and development; advertising and market research; and veterinary activities.

Future employment growth (in %) in professional 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 2015, the share of professional services in total EU employment was 6.31%.

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 professional services in 2015 were:

  • Sweden 10.02%
  • United Kingdom 8.05%
  • Finland 8.00%
  • Luxembourg 7.96%
  • Netherlands 7.84%

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 professional services in 2015 in EU were:

  • Researchers & engineers 2,210,354
  • Office associate professionals 2,004,599
  • Office professionals 1,855,780
  • Legal & social professionals 1,438,265
  • Science & engineering technicians 870,109

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 professional services in EU is projected to change by 16.30%

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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 professional services 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 professional services 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 professional services 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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