EU regions employing more women in high-tech

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High-tech sectors are considered key drivers of economic growth and productivity and often provide well-paid employment opportunities. However, the gender representation in this sector sees men accounting for just over two-thirds (67.2%) of the total.

At the regional level (NUTS 2 regions), the French (Ile-de-France) and Spanish (Comunidad de Madrid) capital regions registered the highest number of people employed in high-technology sectors, 420,000 and 289,000, respectively. They were followed by 3 regions, which recorded more than 200,000 persons employed in high-technology sectors: Oberbayern in southern Germany, Lombardia in northern Italy and Cataluña in eastern Spain.

At the bottom end of the distribution, there were 5 regions with less than 3 000 persons employed in high-technology sectors: the southern Italian region of Molise, together with four Greek regions – Anatoliki Makedonia, Thraki, Peloponnisos, Ipeiros, and Sterea Elláda.

Women are almost one-third (32.8%) of the total number of people employed in the EU’s high-technology sectors last year.

The share of women in high-technology employment across NUTS 2 regions, ranged from a high of 50.2% in the Hungarian region of Nyugat-Dunántúl down to 8.3% in the Greek region of Thessalia. In fact, Nyugat-Dunántúl was the only region in the EU (at this level of detail) where there were more women than men employed in high-technology sectors. The next highest shares of female employment were recorded in the Italian region of Marche (48.6%) and another Hungarian region, Észak-Magyarország (48.1%).

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