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Ana Coelho

Municipal Board for Economy and Innovation

Scaleups have made their contribution to job creation, especially since 2015 (850 jobs created from 2012 to 2017). However, the gap between male and female employment remains and the same applies for for full and part-time job, the latter being practically non-existent, reaching no more than 1%.  


This characteristic may be the source of an eventual weakness of this ecosystem in the long term. It may also be the reason for the lower growth of female versus male labor, since part-time work at certain stages of life would allow the female sector not to be excluded from the labor market.


In view of these conclusions, innovative measures can and should be proposed to correct this situation.

Many Portuguese scaleups (more than 20% of the T 25 ecosystem) are based outside of Portugal due to the high level of bureaucratic laws and regulations, instability regarding fiscal policy and, consequently, high response times and context costs; the small size of the market is also a feature, but it is compensated by the quality of our qualified professionals, recognized internationally.


This conclusion leads us to consider innovative measures in partnership with the government to correct this handicap related to the high bureaucracy and that, in spite of its best efforts, Simplex continues to be a threat to the fixation and development of the entire Portuguese economic fabric, including of course scallops.


A significant share of this scaleups work on digital cluster, reinforcing the opportunity of the city employment and employability strategic actions oriented to increment and attract talents in scientific and technological areas.