How many people work in the Parliament? 

MEPs are gathering to the Plenary chamber © European Union 2016 - European Parliament  

As of May 2019, the number of civil servants, temporary and contract staff working for Parliament (including for the political groups) in different locations was as follows (assistants to MEPs are not included in the following table):


TOTAL

Brussels

Strasbourg

Luxembourg

Other locations

7820

5039

293

2188

300


  • The majority of Parliament's staff (55.5%) are women.
  • Almost 8.5% of Parliament's staff work for the political groups (662 posts).
  • Parliament's staff come from all European Union member states and even a number of other countries. Belgium accounts for the largest share, followed by France, Italy, Spain and Germany.
  • Some work has been outsourced such as parts of Parliament's building management, IT, cleaning and canteen services. On any given day there may be over 10,000 people on Parliament’s premises, when staff numbers are swelled by journalists, visitors and lobbyists.