Facts and Figures

Because the RTO sector is not recognised in official statistics, little systematic information about the sector is available. To help fill this gap, EARTO commissioned several fact-finding studies on the impact of RTOs over the years.

In 2015, EARTO commissionned a study on the Economic Footprint of 9 European RTOs, representing 1/3 of EARTO members in terms of employees and turnover. The aggregated economic effect of those 9 RTOs from their core-activities and generated through contract research and spin-offs resulted in 2014 in:

  • 225.860 jobs
  • €29,3bn turnover
  • €14bn value-added
  • €5,2bn fiscal & parafiscal return to governments
  • For each 1 job created in these RTOs, 3 jobs were created elsewhere
  • For each €1 invested in these RTOs, €3,8 returns flew back to governments

                            Report                          Summary

In 2010 and 2012, EARTO commissionned two studies on the Impact of European RTOs from Technopolis Group. Some of the key points from these studies are:

  • Europe’s RTO sector has a combined turnover of about €23bn per annum
  • Its economic impact is up to €40bn annually, and up to €100bn longer-term
  • RTOs co-ordinate around one-third of all Framework Programme projects
  • The sector supports some 100,000 companies each year, especially SMEs

     2012 Report    2012 Summary    2010 Report    2010 Summary


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