Cleantech in Flanders employed 29,168 people (full-time equivalents) in 2019. Total employment has been somewhat stable over the past 3 years, down 2.5% from 29,939 in 2018. Comparing total employment among the 4 stakeholder types, all types showed overall growth over the past 10 years, except for the pioneers.
Interesting to note is the decrease in the average number of employees per stakeholder for pioneers, implementers and tech providers between the period of 2009 and 2019. The enablers grew on average over the same period. At the same time, the total number of stakeholders has steadily increased for all four actor types.
The drivers of this trend are speculative, but it is assumed that the decline in FTEs is mainly due to changes in the creation of legal entities and the introduction and popularisation of part-time work.
The creation of a legal entity in Flanders has seen a number of relaxations since 2008, which has probably stimulated the increase in stakeholders across the board.