The share of researchers in the sector indicates the innovativeness of the sector and ensures the anchoring of the chemicals, plastics and life sciences industry in the Belgian economy.
The sector is R&D intensive with more than 11,000 people, or 1 person out of 8 in the sector involved in an R&D-related activity or working in an R&D department.
This includes about 7,800 full-time equivalent qualified scientific researchers, amounting to 26% of Belgium’s private sector researcher population. This significant increase in researchers is a result of additional investments in research activities, related amongst others to the tax benefits for researchers.
Women are well represented in this field : 45% of researchers in the chemical and life sciences industry are women (against 29% in the private sector).