Of this 74 million, 52 % were women, +4 % compared with 2020 and +26 % compared with 2011. Data show that the female workforce grew more than their male counterparts (+1 % more male compared with 2020 and +16 % compared with 2011).
Among EU regions (NUTS1), the highest share of women employed in science and technology in 2021 was observed in Latvia and Lithuania (both 63 % single regions at this level of detail), followed by the Great Plain and North in Hungary, the Central region in Poland, Saxony-Anhalt in Germany and North and South-East Bulgaria (all 61 %), the Portuguese region of Azores and Estonia (single region at this level of detail) with 60 %.
At the other end of the scale, the lowest share was recorded in Malta (44 %; single region at this level of detail), followed by the Italian regions of South (46 %), North-East and North-West as well as South Netherlands all with 47 %.
An analysis by age shows that more than half (53.3 % or 9.4 million) of the 17.6 million young people aged 25 to 34 working in science and technology in 2021 were women. In a decade, the number of women working in this field increased by 14.8 %, the equivalent of +1.2 million women. By comparison, the number of men in this area increased by 10.8 % since 2011 to 8.2 million in 2021.
In 2021, 45 % of the 68.3 million people aged 25 to 64 employed in science and technology in the EU were people between 45 and 64 years old (more than 30.8 million), 29 % were between 35 and 44 years old (19.9 million) and 26 % were people aged 25 to 34 (17.6 million).
For more information:
- Statistics Explained article on human resources in science and technology
- Dedicated section on science, technology and innovation
- Database on science, technology and innovation
- The names of the regions presented in the article are English translations of the original names.
- Regional data for Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovenia, Slovakia: single regions at this level of detail. Iceland, Norway and Switzerland: single regions at this level of detail.