The European Medical Technology in Figures

Employment & Companies Last update 11.05.2022

Key Facts

800,000+ jobs

created by the European medtech industry


value added per employee in 2020


medical technology companies in Europe

The European medical technology industry directly employs more than 800,000 people1. Germany had the highest absolute number of people employed in the medical technology sector, while the number of medical technology employees per capita is highest in Ireland and Switzerland. In comparison, the European pharmaceutical industry employs around 824,000 people2.

The jobs created by the medical technology industry account for around 0.3% of total employment in Europe3. These jobs are also highly productive, as the value added per employee is estimated to reach €184,000 per employee. These indicators show that the medical technology industry has an important economic and societal impact in Europe.

There are more than 34,000 medical technology companies in Europe. The highest number of them are based in Germany, followed by Italy, the UK, France and Switzerland. Small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) make up around 95% of the medical technology industry, the majority of which employs less than 50 people (small and micro-sized companies).

Direct employment in the medical technology industry per country - 2021 1

Top countries in Europe with the highest direct employment in the medical technology industry - 2021 1

Number of people employed in the medical technology industry per 10,000 inhabitants - 2021 1-3