In 2019, 1.7 million people aged over 15 were employed as hairdressers and beauticians in the European Union (EU), representing 0.9% of total employment. With their profession often requiring close proximity to clients, hair and beauty salons were closed in most countries, making hairdressers and beauticians among those economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The majority of hairdressers and beauticians in the EU were women (86%). Over two-fifths (42%) of hairdressers and beauticians were aged 15-34, closely followed by those aged 35-49 (38%). Hairdressers and beauticians aged 50 or above accounted for 21% of those employed in this sector.
Among the EU Member States, Cyprus recorded the highest share of hairdressers and beauticians (2.3% of total employment), followed by Malta and Portugal (both 1.3%), Ireland, Greece, Spain and Italy (all 1.2%).
By contrast, the lowest shares were recorded in Luxembourg and Sweden (both 0.5%), followed by Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Finland (all 0.7%).
- Hairdressers and beauticians in this article ‘514 - Hairdressers, beauticians and related workers’ are defined under ISCO-08 classification.
- The European Union (EU) includes 27 EU Member States. The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020. Further information is published here.
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