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Trades workers

Trades workers apply specific knowledge and skills to: construct and maintain buildings; form metal; erect metal structures; set machine tools, or make, fit, maintain and repair machinery, equipment or tools; carry out printing work; produce or process foodstuffs; and produce or process textiles, wooden, metal and other articles. The work is carried out by hand and by hand-powered and other tools. Most occupations require completion of the first stage of secondary education, but many jobs will require the completion of the second stage of secondary education, which may include a significant component of specialised vocational education and on-the-job training. Some jobs require completion of vocation-specific education, undertaken after completion of secondary education. In some cases, experience and on-the-job training may substitute for formal education. Jobs classified as craft and related trades include: bricklayers; joiners and carpenters, plumbers, sheet and structural metal workers, moulders and welders, and related workers; toolmakers; blacksmiths; printers, electrical equipment installers and repairers; electronics mechanics and servicers; food processing and related trades workers; underwater divers, etc.

Future employment growth (in %) of trades 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, trades workers accounted for 11.68% in the total employment in EU.

The total employment in this occupation reached 25,788,158.

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 trades workers in EU changed by -1.63%.

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, trades workers were mostly employed in the following sectors in the EU:

  • Manufacturing (10,553,048)
  • Construction (8,419,963)
  • Wholesale & retail trade (3,016,625) 
  • Arts & recreation (521,407)
  • Administrative services (443,825)

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 trades workers in 2015:

  • Czech Republic (17.18%)
  • Romania (15.86%)
  • Slovakia (15.74%)
  • Hungary (15.05%)
  • Poland (14.78%)

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 trades workers in EU is projected to change by -5.73%

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Employment of trades 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 trades workers across countries

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Employment of trades 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 trades 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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