chapter  3
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The world of today and tomorrow: the European picture

Its role as an engine of growth for employment is not in question - the industry accounts directly and indirectly for 200 million jobs world-wide -- that is, 8% of total employment, with an additional 5.5 million jobs a year forecast to be created until 2010’ - but many jobs created are temporary, seasonal and part-time. Women are disproportionately represented in employment in this sector, so collectively more at risk if it weakens.