In-work poverty in EU member states, 2016. This table shows the percentage of employed persons aged 18 and up. Graphic: Eurostat
Almost 10% of employed EU citizens over the age of eighteen are at risk of poverty, according to data published by Eurostat, the European Commission’s statistics agency.
The statistics, from 2016 and published on 16 March 2018, show that the risk of monetary poverty is greater for those on part-time contracts than for full-time contracts at 15.8% and 7.8% respectively.
The risk is even greater for those on temporary contracts, at 16.2%, than those with permanent contracts at 5.8%. Men are also at a slightly greater risk than women, 10% in comparison with 9.1%.
In general, the number of people at risk of poverty has increased over the last few years from 8.3% in 2010 to 9.6% in 2016.
Across member states in 2016, the rate of employed persons at risk of poverty was highest in Romania (18.9%), followed by Greece (14.1%), Spain (13.1%), Luxembourg (12.0%), Italy (11.7%), Bulgaria (11.4%), Portugal (10.9%) and Poland (10.8%).
At the opposite end of the scale, fewer than 5% of unemployed persons were at risk of poverty in Finland (3.1%), the Czech Republic (3.8%), Belgium (4.7%) and Ireland (4.8%).