In 2019, 1.7 million people aged over 15 were employed as hairdressers and beauticians in the European Union, representing 0.9% of total employment, according to a new Eurostat survey published on Friday.
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%).
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.