What are the trends for the future? 2
The employment level of office associate professionals across sectors is expected to grow by 10 per cent between 2018 and 2030, a further increase following the 11 per cent growth over the period 2006 to 2018. The future job growth is expected in most of analysed European countries – in only 4 of them this occupation is set to decline.
Figure 2: Future employment growth of office associate professionals in European countries (2018-2030, in %)
The 10 per cent growth in employment (almost 1.7 million new jobs) understates the growth in demand for people to work as office associate professionals. Over the period 2018-2030 an estimated 8.8 million people are projected to leave the occupation for one reason or another such as retirement 3). Given the projected increase in employment over the same period, this will result in there being around 10.5 million job openings that will need to be filled between 2018 and 2030.
Figure 3: Future job openings of office associate professionals (2018-2030)
Regarding education levels, the qualification requirements for office associate professionals are rising. By 2030, over 50% of these professionals will hold high qualification, exceeding the previously dominant share of the medium-qualified. The share of low- and medium-skilled workers is expected to decrease.
Unsurprisingly, about two thirds of office associate professionals are employed within business services, with ‘wholesale and retail trade’, ‘financial and insurance activities’ and ‘legal, accounting and consulting activities’ being the key employers. These three sub-sectors shall create almost half of new jobs by 2030. On the contrary, job losses for business associate professionals are expected at ‘public administration and defence’, which may be attributed to expenditure reduction and ongoing digitalisation of public administration services.
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