EMPLOY - Data and maps update


The ESPON SO1 activity EMPLOY provided evidence on the territorial patterns of employment dynamics within European countries and regions. They highlighted the key trends and main drivers of location preferences, with focus on the links between Knowledge Economies, new patterns of (high skilled youth) migration flows within and between countries and their effects on socio-spatial disparities. The project performed a cluster analysis on the regional patterns of the knowledge economy and migration dynamics resulting in four clusters of European regions.

Main Objective

The main objective of this service is to update data and indicators related to the knowledge economy (result of the cluster analysis), net migration rates, percentage of total employment in technology and knowledge-intensive sectors and the growth rate of employment in professional, scientific, and technical activities. In addition, the updated data and resulting maps will be analysed against the current policies and interpreted to provide key observations tailormade for policymakers and policy.

Main outcomes envisaged

The main outcomes of the service should be:

  • Updated EMPLOY datasets integrated in the ESPON 2020 Database Portal;
  • Updated EMPLOY maps, interpretations and observations, incorporated in the ESPON online MapFinder;
  • Reports explaining methodological issues and results.


  • Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale Soc.Coop. (IRS), IT


€ 25.750.00


September 2021 – March 2022


  • Draft Final delivery, 13 December 2021
  • Final delivery, 11 March 2022

Contact: Gavin Daly (Senior Project Expert) [email protected] and Caroline Clause (Senior Financial Expert) [email protected]