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Gender Gap in Science and Engineering: EU Trends and Insights on Women’s Employment in STEM


Feb 13, 2024
Eurostat News Reports that 41% of Scientists and Engineers Are Women in Employment

In 2022, the number of women working as scientists and engineers in the EU reached almost 7.3 million, an increase of 310,500 from the previous year. This accounts for 41% of total employment in science and engineering. Women scientists and engineers were predominantly employed in the service sector, comprising 46% of those in this sector, whereas only 22% were employed in manufacturing. Among the EU Member States, the proportion of female scientists and engineers varied widely in 2022, ranging from 53% in Denmark to just 31% in Hungary and Germany.

Scientists and Engineers are a subcategory of people employed in science and technology. People are classified as working in this field if they work in occupations that could be involved in the systematic generation, advancement, diffusion, and application of scientific and technological knowledge, independently of the level of studies. This category also includes other occupations like technicians or associated professionals. The highest shares of women employed in science and technology occupations were observed in Lithuania (64.1 %) at NUTS1 level, followed by French Corse (63.9 %) and Latvia (62.7��%) at NUTS1 level. On the other hand, regions with the smallest proportions of females employed in science and technology were recorded as Italian Nord-Ovest (45.3%), Malta (45.8%) and Italian Sud (46.1%).

This news item marks International Day of Women and Girls

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