In 2007, 5.6 million persons were employed in EU27 financial services. 65% of these worked in banks, 20% in the insurance industry and 15% for intermediaries. The sector represented 2.7% of total employment in Europe. Between 2000 and 2006, data from the Labour Force Survey shows a shift of occupational structure from medium-skilled persons to highly-skilled persons. The need for a highly educated and trained workforce appears to be evident in all parts of the financial services sector and all European countries.
The main pillars of the economy of Warsaw are commerce and services. The economy of greater Warsaw produces approximately 15,000 euro per inhabitant, thus accounting for more than 12% of Poland’s GDP. The total population of Warsaw is 1,700,536 inhabitants (as of 30 June 2006), while the total population of greater Warsaw with its suburbs is approximately 3,000,000 inhabitants. The level of unemployment in Warsaw does not exceed 5%.