SEPTEMBER 08 2023
The European Centre for Entrepreneurship and Policy Reform (ECEPR), with support from Nordic Capital, publishes the sixth edition of the Brain Business Jobs index. It outlines that, while Switzerland, Sweden, and Ireland remain the top three knowledge economies in Europe, the distribution of knowledge-intensive jobs has become more even across the continent.
Since 2017, the Brain Business Jobs index, produced by ECEPR, has studied the geography of Europe’s Brain Business Jobs. It measures the share of people (15-64) in 31 nations and 277 regions across Europe that are employed in certain knowledge-intensive sectors and companies.
The authors suggest that high concentrations of knowledge-intensive jobs correlate with low unemployment rates, and that some variation in growth rate can be explained by political decision-making and tax rate levels.
"Currently, Europe is going through difficult times, with war, inflation, and a recent global pandemic. Yet change is on the horizon. Each year, we see the same trend of increased competition and economic integration in Europe. To understand what is happening in Europe, it is no longer enough to look at individual countries, as progress is increasingly happening in Europe as a whole. The economic geography of Europe is ever-changing, a sign of competition and progress," said Klas Tikkanen, COO, Nordic Capital Advisors.
In the 2023 index, Switzerland, Sweden, and Ireland remain the top three nations in Europe.
The top 15 countries with the highest concentration of knowledge-intensive jobs in Europe
Share of all jobs (%)