The indicator is defined as the share of employees in technology and knowledge-intensive sectors on the total number of employees in all sectors.
Whereas the indicator on tertiary education provides an outlook on the future highly-qualified labor force in Europe (input indicator), this indicator analyses the proportion of people actually working in technological fields and in knowledge-intensive branches (output indicator).
Despite of poor regional coverage of data a general pattern emerges with both the eastern (CEEC countries, Turkey) and western periphery (Portugal, Spain) lagging behind. Only some regions exceed the 30% share there in these peripheries, while in the remaining ESPON area levels of 30% represent the minimum share.
Coverage of data is poor for BSR as well. Only the difference between the Nordic countries (strong performers) on one hand and the Baltic States and East Germany (weak performers) on the other hand can be pointed out.
The development trend in the period 2005-2010 in terms of employment in technology is positive in all countries with no clear regional pattern. However, due to divide in starting positions of countries and regions, it seems not to lead to convergence of knowledge-intensity of economies in the near future. In BSR, the overall trend is positive, too. Norway as a whole, as well as some peripheral regions in Poland, and Latvia and Lithuania in addition, increase their knowledge-intensity faster than most regions.