Future employment growth (in %) in wholesale & retail trade sector across Member States in 2016-2030

In 2017, the share of wholesale & retail trade in total EU employment was 13.89%.

During the period 2012-2017, the employment level of wholesale & retail trade in EU changed by 5.04%.

The countries with highest employment share of wholesale & retail trade in 2017 were:

  • Cyprus 18.20%
  • Greece 18.10%
  • Bulgaria 17.36%
  • Lithuania 16.85%
  • Spain 15.75%

The occupations with the largest numbers of people employed in wholesale & retail trade in 2017 in EU were:

  • Sales workers 13,715,051
  • Office associate professionals 2,309,862
  • Metal & machinery workers 1,855,454
  • Technical labourers 1,625,508
  • Accounting clerks 1,517,853

In the period 2016-2030, employment for wholesale & retail trade in EU is projected to change by 9.49%

Occupations employed in the sector in wholesale & retail trade sector in EU in 2017

Employment share of broad occupations (%) in wholesale & retail trade sector in EU (2012-2017)

Employment in wholesale & retail trade sector for educational level possessed in EU in 2017 by level of education

Employment in wholesale & retail trade sector in EU in 2017 by age groups

Employment in high-tech occupations in wholesale & retail trade sector across Member States in 2016