11 May 2021
Women represent about half of workers in S&T
According to Eurostat, the European statistics office, there are at least as many women as men in university-level education in most EU Member States. The number of female doctorate students has increased more rapidly than the number of equivalent male students. Accordingly, in 2020, of almost 73 million persons employed in the field of science and technology (S&T) in the EU, aged from 15 to 74, nearly 37.5 million were women (51.3%) and 35.5 million men (48.7%).
In two thirds of the Member States, the majority of persons employed in science and technology were women, the highest share being in Lithuania and Latvia, with 63.7% and 62.9% respectively. Austria, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Czechia, Italy and Malta were the only countries with a share of less than 50%, ranging from 49.9% to 45.2%.
At regional level (NUTS1), the highest share of women employed in science and technology in 2020 was observed in Lithuania (63.7%), Latvia (62.9%), North and South-East Bulgaria (60.4%), Azores (59.6%) and Estonia (59.5%). At the other end of the scale, Malta employed only 45.2% women in science and technology, followed by the Italian regions from South, North-West, North-East and Centre, ranging from 45% to 47% respectively.
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