Accounting for 2.3 percent of total employment, Cyprus has by far the highest share of hairdressers and beauticians among EU member states, Eurostat reported on Friday.
Next on the list, but with much lower numbers are Malta and Portugal, both with 1.3 percent of total employment, and Ireland, Greece, Spain, and Italy (all 1.2 percent).
By contrast, the lowest shares were recorded in Luxembourg and Sweden (both 0.5 percent), followed by Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Finland (all 0.7 percent).
In 2019, a total of 1.7 million people aged over 15 were employed as hairdressers and beauticians in the European Union, representing 0.9 percent of total employment.
With their profession often requiring proximity to clients, hair and beauty salons were closed in most countries, making hairdressers and beauticians among those economically affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The majority of hairdressers and beauticians in the EU were women (86 percent). Over two-fifths, (42 percent) of hairdressers and beauticians were aged 15-34, followed by those aged 35-49 (38 percent).
Hairdressers and beauticians aged 50 or above accounted for 21 percent of those employed in this sector.