People – Age pyramid

Investing in sustainable careers

Source : National Social Security Office statistics (according to place of residence of each worker)

The chemicals, plastics and life sciences sector’s workforce reflects the general ageing of the population in Europe, reinforced by a low employee turnover rate in the industry.

This makes it crucial for the sector to monitor the development of the age pyramid in its workforce and identify priorities for targeted actions.

In 2015, almost 25,000 jobs in the chemicals, plastics and life sciences industry were held by employees aged over 50, representing more than one-quarter of the workforce. Over the last ten years, this ratio has risen from 18% to 28%.

To tackle these challenges, essenscia and Co-valent have introduced a range of measures:

  • initiatives to attract young people to STEM educations such as the Creativity Marathon, world record chemistry class, Breaking Science, “La Chimie, les Sciences de la vie et les Jeunes” conferences by Science Adventures, support for Technopolis and PASS, etc;
  • actions to attract the graduates to the sector such the ‘We are Chemistry’ job event, the “Innovation Camp”, or setting up dual learning programs;
  • the Fund for Demography set up by essenscia together with the social partners to help older people to remain active at work for longer and enable them to have sustainable careers.

Sector Initiatives

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