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Metal & machinery workers

People employed as metal and machinery  workers are engaged in a range of skilled activities relating to working with metal, such as welding and forging, setting machines for operators to use, tool-setting, and repairing machines including vehicles and engines. They need to have an understanding of work organisation, the material and tools to be used in their jobs, as well as the nature and purpose of the final product they are engaged in making. The types of jobs undertaken by those in this occupation include: structural metal workers, moulders and welders; blacksmiths and toolmakers; and machinery mechanics and repairers. Typically the skill level required is equivalent to completed first stage of secondary education, but in some jobs, completion of the second stage of secondary education that includes specialized vocational education and on-the-job training is required.

Read more about this occupation in our Analytical highlight.

Future employment growth (in %) of metal & machinery workers across countries in 2015-2025

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

Key facts

SIZE OF EMPLOYMENT

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

In 2015, metal & machinery workers accounted for 3.66% in the total employment in EU.

The total employment in this occupation reached 8,078,527.

RECENT HISTORY

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

During the period 2011-2015, the number of people employed as metal & machinery workers in EU changed by -1.66%.

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Employed population by sector and occupation

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector and occupation.

In 2015, metal & machinery workers were mostly employed in the following sectors in the EU:

  • Manufacturing (4,770,956)
  • Wholesale & retail trade (1,857,498)
  • Construction (491,025) 
  • Transport & storage (260,386)
  • Mining & quarrying (87,546)

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Countries with highest employment share of metal & machinery workers in 2015:

  • Czech Republic (6.70%)
  • Slovenia (6.00%)
  • Slovakia (5.24%)
  • Hungary (5.23%)
  • Romania (5.22%)

LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

In the period 2015-2025, employment for metal & machinery workers in EU is projected to change by -10.69%

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Employment of metal & machinery workers in EU in 2015 across sectors

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Employed population by sector and occupation

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector and occupation.

Employment share (%) of metal & machinery workers across countries

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Employment of metal & machinery workers in EU in 2015 by education level

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Employment of metal & machinery workers in EU in 2015 by age

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

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