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Since it's official publication in July 2017, a diverse range of stakeholders are interested in ESCO for a variety of use cases.

The main categories of ESCO stakeholders are:

  • Public employment services 
  • Private employment services 
  • Job portals 
  • Education institutions (universities, secondary schools, etc) 
  • Social partners 
  • IT Application developers 
  • HR departments of companies/organisations 
  • Ontology management companies 
  • Career advisors 
  • European institutions/bodies 
  • National/Regional/Local public administrations
  • Researchers and statisticians   
  • International organisations


Overview of ESCO's reach


In the European Union, the majority of ESCO stakeholders (called ESCO implementers) are based in Europe and some have operations in multiple EU countries and/or languages. 

Internationally, ESCO is becoming increasingly known and used. Stakeholders tend to consider ESCO alongside O*NET as the standard framework on occupations and skills. 

The map below shows where ESCO was downloaded by stakeholders in 2020.

ESCO downloads map



ESCO uptake by stakeholders

visits in 2021
Number of times ESCO has been downloaded by stakeholders in 2021
subscribers to ESCO newsletter
number of external publications where ESCO is referenced
Downloads of ESCO
The number of times ESCO has been downloaded in 2022
Contacts via ESCO helpdesk
The number of inquiries on ESCO received in 2021
Online meeting with stakeholders
The number of video calls with ESCO stakeholders in 2022

Learn more


For more information about the stakeholders (ESCO implementers) actively using ESCO in their digital applications, projects or research, visit the ESCO implementers page.