Strong Nordic Work Forces within Science and Technology

The capital regions of Norway and Sweden are those regions among the EU Member States + Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey which had the largest share of HRSTC workers (persons who have both completed tertiary level education and work in a Science & Technology occupation) in 2006.
A recent publication from Eurostat, “Highly educated persons in science and technology occupations”, looks into regional data from the countries mentioned above, relating to population shares with higher education and jobs within R&D. It also publishes data relating to female proportions and distribution among sectors. “The stock of human resources in science and technology (HRST) can be used as an indicator of the development of the knowledge-based economy”, the report states. “The core group of this population – the HRSTC ¬– can be considered as active stakeholders in the development of knowledge and technological innovation.”

Oslo/Akershus (Norway) and Stockholm (Sweden) rank highest among the top 25 European regions listed in the pulication, with the highest share of HRSTC in their labour force. 33 % of the labour force in Oslo/Akershus were HRSTC in 2006, while in Stockholm 28 % were HRSTC. 6 of the 25 regions in the HRSTC statistics are Nordic regions.

The population of human resources in science and technology (HRST) are defined as persons who have either successfully completed tertiary level education, or work in a science and technology occupation. As mentioned above, the core group of HRST, the HRSTC, fulfils both criteria. In the Eurostat publication, the share of HRSTC among HRST is used as an indicator of the match between the demand for and supply of highly qualified staff. Among the 25 regions with the highest scores in this statistics, there are 8 Nordic regions. Six of Norway’s seven regions are among the top 25 regions.

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