KIS employment in Brussels-Capital Region

" Science, Technology and Innovation in Europe 2008 " published by Eurostat, reveals 7,9% of jobs in Belgium are in Knowledge Intensive Services (KIS(1)).

While overall average in Europe is of 4,8%, Belgium scores best (7.9%) among EU27 countries, leaving behind Ireland (6,8%) and Finland (6,7%). Least best performers are Bulgaria, Austria and Slovakia (3%), with Portugal (2,7%) closing the ranking.

Brussels-Capital Region scores 5th(2) in terms of employment in KIS (51.2%). Among regions, Brussels outperforms neighbouring Utrecht (48.8%), Île de France (46.1%) and even Belgian Vlaams Brabant Region (45,8%).

Brussels employment in KIS is particularly intensive (45,6%)  in areas of air and water transport, post and telecommunication, financial intermediation, rental of equipment and machinery or real estate activities.

(1) Knowledge intensive services (KIS) includes all employment in water transport ; air transport ; post and telecommunications ; financial intermediation ; real estate activities ; renting of machinery and equipment and of personal and household goods ; computer and related activities ; research and development ; other business activities ; education ; health and social work as well as recreational, cultural and sporting activities.

(2) KIS employment represents 51,2% of the Brussels-Capital Region job market, just behind Outer London (51,9%). Top three were Stockholm (56,7%), Inner London (56,6%) and Oslo og Akershus (53,9%).

Source : Eurostat News release 34/2008, March 10, 2008.

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