77% of em­ploy­ees with an ed­u­ca­tional back­ground in ICT in Malta are men

Malta Independent - - Front Page - ■ Al­bert Galea

77% em­ployed with an ed­u­ca­tion back­ground in ICT are men, new data pub­lished by the Eu­ro­pean Union’s sta­tis­tics body Euro­stat shows.

The statis­tic, whilst still show­ing an in­dus­try that more men seem to par­take in, is below the gen­eral Eu­ro­pean gen­der ra­tio for the in­dus­try, which stands at 84% men and 16% women. It also con­sti­tutes a size­able im­prove­ment in rais­ing fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sec­tor since 2007, when men made of 87.6% of Malta’s ICT in­dus­try.

Among the EU Mem­ber States, the coun­try with the high­est share of em­ployed per­sons with an ICT ed­u­ca­tion who were men was Czechia (93%), fol­lowed by Hun­gary and Poland (both 90%). In con­trast, there were three EU coun­tries where this share was 75 % or below: Bul­garia (66%), Ire­land (73%) and Ro­ma­nia (75%).

While there was an over­all in­crease be­tween 2007 and 2017 in the size of the EU labour force with an ICT ed­u­ca­tion, there were var­ied de­vel­op­ments across the EU Mem­ber States.

In 2017, the share of the labour force with an ICT ed­u­ca­tion who were in em­ploy­ment — as op­posed to be­ing un­em­ployed — was 97% or higher in Hun­gary, Es­to­nia, Bul­garia and the Czech Repub­lic (where a peak of 100% was reg­is­tered).

By con­trast, a rel­a­tively high share of per­sons with an ICT ed­u­ca­tion were un­em­ployed in 2017 in Fin­land (12.6%) — as well as four south­ern Mem­ber States — Italy (14.3%), Spain (14.6 %), Por­tu­gal (15.6%) and most no­tably Greece (which had the high­est rate, at 26.4%). Malta how­ever bucks this trend with a 95% em­ploy­ment rate for those re­ceiv­ing an ed­u­ca­tion in ICT. Only Hun­gary, Es­to­nia, Bul­garia, the Czech Repub­lic – as men­tioned above – and Slove­nia reg­is­tered higher rates of em­ploy­ment.

In 2017, al­most three quar­ters (72.7%) of em­ployed per­sons in the EU with an ICT ed­u­ca­tion had a ter­tiary level of ed­u­ca­tional at­tain­ment; con­sti­tut­ing a 5.6% in­crease than a decade be­fore, when the cor­re­spond­ing share was 67.1%.

There are how­ever wide sta­tis­ti­cal dif­fer­ences be­tween spe­cific coun­tries. 97% of em­ployed peo­ple with an ICT ed­u­ca­tion in France had com­pleted ed­u­ca­tion up to a ter­tiary level, whilst Cyprus also reg­is­tered a sim­i­larly high num­ber, at 95%.

Con­versely, only 24.5% em­ployed peo­ple with an ICT ed­u­ca­tion in Por­tu­gal had com­pleted their ed­u­ca­tion up to a ter­tiary level, by far the low­est across the Union – Italy is sec­ond last with a 37.3% rate.

Malta fairs quite low in this re­spect; 59.4% of those em­ployed with an ICT ed­u­ca­tion pos­sess ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion. This is quite a de­crease from the same rate a decade ago, which stood at 71.1%.

The de­mo­graphic com­po­si­tion of those with em­ployed with an ICT ed­u­ca­tion in Malta also points to­wards a youth­ful in­dus­try; 87.1% of the work­force is made up of peo­ple be­tween 15 and 34 years of age.

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