What are the trends for the future? 2
Employment in the occupation grew by 24 per cent between 2006 and 2018. Employment growth is projected to continue in the period to 2030 but at a slower rare. Between 2018 and 2030 employment in the occupation is expected to grow by 16 per cent resulting in the creation of 1.4 million new jobs. 26 of analysed European countries are expected to create new jobs for researchers and engineers, while only in 2 countries their employment levels should decline.
Figure 2: Future employment growth of office professionals in European countries (2018-2030, in %)
As well there being a need to fill 1.4 million new jobs, there is a need to replace those who are expected to leave the occupation. Over the period 2018-2030 an estimated 4 million people are projected to leave the occupation for one reason or another such as retirement3). The total demand for office professionals will reach 5.4 million.
Figure 3: Future job openings of office professionals (2018-2030)
Almost 60% of office professionals are employed in four sectors – Professional services, Public sector & defence, Finance & insurance and Wholesale & retail trade.
The qualification mix is projected to remain fairly stable between 2018 and 2030. In 2018, 74 per cent of those working in the occupation had a high level of qualification and this will remain more or less unchanged to stand at 76 per cent in 2030. In 2018, 26 per cent had a medium level qualification and, again, this will not change much in the period to 2030 when it will stand at 23 per cent. In 2018, 3 per cent of the workforce had low level qualifications.
More information on employment trends and characteristics of office professionals can be found here.