The 3rd Employment Survey for European Chemists created by the European Chemical Society (EuChemS) was jointly organised with the 2020 Comprehensive Salary and Employment Survey of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and supported by the European Young Chemists’ Network (EYCN), European Chemistry Thematic Network Association (ECTN), the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), and by the European Federation of Managerial Staff in the Chemical and Allied Industries (FECCIA).
The 3rd Employment Survey for European Chemists (ESEC3) was open from 1 March 2020 until 30 April 2020 and participation in this survey was open for all chemists and chemical engineers. This project from 2020 is lead by Professor Reiner Salzer, as was the case for the previous ESEC editions in 2017 and 2013, and it is coordinated with the help of the EuChemS Secretariat.
This survey looks into the current education and employment situation of chemists and chemical engineers across Europe. Understanding job market needs, the challenges and opportunities that chemists are facing, and what drives people to study and work in their respective fields is invaluable to better understand the current landscape. In turn, the survey results will allow those directly impacted, as well as universities, institutions, companies and policymakers, to focus their efforts on facilitating or improving certain measures, whilst encouraging those that have been successful so far. By participating in this Europe-wide survey, individuals can help build a broad yet precise picture of the employment and the salary situation of chemists and possibly reveal other cross-cutting issues.
The results of the survey will be published in 2021 in Chemistry – A European Journal, similar to the results of the previous two ESEC surveys, and they will be available to the scientific public.
The 2nd Employment Survey for European Chemists (ESEC2) was open from 1 March 2017 until 31 March 2017 and participation in this survey was open for all European chemists working in Europe or abroad, and for chemists from outside Europe who were based in Europe.
The figures take a look at a variety of aspects, including education levels, career planning, job satisfaction, employment sectors, and salaries. The conditions and opportunities are individually analysed for all countries with a statistically significant number of responses. The results in turn provide important clues for careers in these countries, and in Europe as a whole. This is the first general evaluation of the survey and provides many details about the chemistry workforce in Europe and its development.
You can read the published results of the 2nd Employment Survey for European Chemists (ESEC2):
You can read the published results of the 1st Employment Survey for European Chemists (ESEC1) which was conducted in 2013: