46% of Latvian workforce classed as 'highly skilled'

The need for highly-skilled workers is a common cry, and latest Eurostat figures give some idea of where they are to be found.

According to the methodology used by Eurostat, employed people with high skills are defined as people aged 25–64 who are employed in the following occupations: managers, professionals, technicians and associate professionals.

In 2022, there were approximately 80 million highly-skilled people employed across the EU, accounting for 44.2% of the total number of people employed aged 25–64. Latvia fares slightly better, with 46% of employed people classed as highly skilled. 

The distribution of highly-skilled employed people at regional level varied a lot. 106 out of the 241 reported regions were equal to or above the EU average.

In 2022, the highest regional shares of highly-skilled employment were recorded in Stockholm (Sweden, 73.6%), Utrecht (the Netherlands, 68.9%), Luxembourg (67.4%) and Prov. Brabant Wallon (Belgium, 65.8%). 

In a comparison with its Baltic neighbors, Latvia trails Estonia (48%) slightly, and is ahead of most of Lithuania (40%) but lags Vilnius district (63%) which is treated as a separate region by the EU methodology, whereas Estonia and Latvia are each treated as single regions.

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Source dataset:  Eurostat (labour force survey) ad-hoc extraction
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