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Public sector & defence

The public administration and defence sector encompasses governmental activities normally carried out by a country’s public administration / civil service. This includes the enactment and judicial interpretation of laws and their pursuant regulation, as well as the administration of programmes based on them, legislative activities, taxation, national defence, public order and safety, immigration services, foreign affairs and the administration of government programmes. In practice, this includes:

  • the administration of the State and the economic and social policy of the community (this includes general administration such as executive, legislative, financial administration etc. at all levels of government);
  • the provision of services to the community as a whole (such as the administration and operation of the ministry of foreign affairs and diplomatic and consular missions stationed abroad, defence activities, judicial activities, and public order and safety activities including police and fire services); and
  • compulsory social security activities (including the administration of government-provided social security programmes).

Future employment growth (in %) in public sector & defence 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 public sector & defence in total EU employment was 6.87%.

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 public sector & defence in EU changed by 0.58%.

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 public sector & defence in 2016 were:

  • Hungary 10.23%
  • Luxembourg 9.77%
  • France 9.26%
  • Greece 9.02%
  • Slovakia 8.92%

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 public sector & defence in 2016 in EU were:

  • Office associate professionals 3,082,472
  • Protection workers 1,763,623
  • Office clerks 1,274,934
  • Office professionals 1,214,635
  • Armed forces 1,206,680

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 public sector & defence in EU is projected to change by -3.92%

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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 public sector & defence 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 public sector & defence 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 public sector & defence 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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