Employment in sport in the EU – Products Eurostat News

In 2021, 1.37 million people were employed in the sport sector in the EU, representing 0.7% of total employment. At EU level, the number of people working in sport in the EU has recovered after falling during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic (1.37 million employees in 2019; 1.31 in 2020).

The EU countries with the highest proportion of people working in sport were Sweden (1.4% of total employment), Finland (1.3%), Spain and France ( each 1.1%). While the EU countries with the lowest proportions of people working in sport were reported in Romania (0.2% of total employment), Malta (0.3%) and Bulgaria, in Slovakia and Poland (0.4% each).

Source dataset: sprt_emp_sex

More men work in the sports sectors

In the sports sector, men were more represented than women (55% and 45% respectively), resulting in a slightly larger gender gap than observed for overall employment (54% and 46% respectively). .

Infographic: Employment in sport in the EU, % of total, 2021

Source data sets: sprt_emp_sex, sprt_emp_age, sprt_emp_edu

Almost a third of all those working in sport are aged between 15 and 29

With regard to age, 32% of employed workers are young people (15-29 years old), ie almost double the share observed for overall employment (17%). People aged 30-64 accounted for 65% of sport employment, 15 percentage points lower than the share reported for total employment.

Almost half of those employed in sport have an average level of education

Almost half (47%) of those employed in the sport sector had an average level of education (International Standard Classification of Education levels 3-4), followed by those with higher education (ISCED 5-8 ) with 40% (3 percentage points higher than for total employment). People with a lower level of education (ISCED 0-2) accounted for 13% of employment in sport.

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Methodological notes:

  • Sports employment includes sports-related professions in the sports sector, for example, professional athletes, professional trainers in fitness centres, non-sports professions in the sports sector, for example, receptionists in fitness centres, and sports-related jobs outside the sports sector, for example school sports instructors.
  • France and Spain: the definition differs. See information on the link above.

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