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Employment growth in European economy as a whole is stalling. The European Commission's latest forecast for 2018 employment growth implies a drop to just 1.1% year-on-year growth, a material decline from the level seen in 2017.

EU employment growth, 2016-2018

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  • EU employment YoY growth
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Source: European Commission.

It is worth comparing EU employment growth rate to the remarkable worker population growth that powers the European tech industry.

Tech worker population growth

4%
Europe's tech worker population grew 4% in 2018

The French tech worker population is growing significantly faster than in Germany and the UK.

Tech worker population growth in France, Germany and the UK in 2018

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  • YoY tech worker population growth (%) in 2018
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Based on an analysis of sample pool of LinkedIn members and the difference between those in 2018 working in the Tech Sector in each country from this sample pool.

For additional context, it is worth analysing a similar dataset covering worker population growth in 2017 provided by LinkedIn for last year's State of European Tech.

Tech worker population growth in France, Germany and the UK in 2017

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  • Tech workforce YoY growth (%) in 2017
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Based on an analysis of sample pool of LinkedIn members and the difference between those in 2017 working in the Tech Sector in each country from this sample pool and those in 2016.

France's tech worker population grew at the fastest rate of any European country in 2018.

Workforce growth

7.3%
French tech workforce growth in 2018, based on a comparison of the size of the workforce in October 2018 versus October 2017

The rate of tech workforce growth across Europe is not equally distributed, with workforces in some countries growing much faster than others.

YoY growth in the worker population of the Top 20 largest tech workforces by country in 2018

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  • 2018
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Based on an analysis of sample pool of LinkedIn members and the difference between those in 2018 working in the Tech Sector in each country from this sample pool and those in 2017.