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Construction

The construction sector includes both general construction and specialised construction activities relating to buildings and civil engineering works. It includes new work, repair, additions and alterations, the erection of prefabricated buildings or structures, and also construction of a temporary nature.

General construction is the construction of entire dwellings, office buildings, stores and other public and utility buildings, farm buildings etc., or the construction of civil engineering works such as motorways, streets, bridges, tunnels, railways, airfields, harbours and other water projects, irrigation systems, sewerage systems, industrial facilities, pipelines and electric lines, sports facilities etc. Also included is the repair of buildings and engineering works.

Future employment growth (in %) in construction sector 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, the share of construction in total EU employment was 6.73%.

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

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

The countries with highest employment share of construction in 2015 were:

  • Estonia 9.65%
  • Slovakia 8.81%
  • Austria 8.39%
  • Latvia 8.02%
  • Lithuania 7.86%

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Employed population by occupation and sector

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

The occupations with the largest numbers of people employed in construction in 2015 in EU were:

  • Building & related trades workers 6,493,170
  • Science & engineering associate prof. 1,232,497
  • Electrical & electronic trades workers 1,198,725
  • Labourers (mining, construction, manufacturing, transport) 970,515
  • Drivers & mobile plant operators 722,402

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 construction in EU is projected to change by -2.27%

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Occupations employed in the sector in EU in 2015

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Employed population by occupation and sector

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

Employment share (%) in construction sector across countries in 2015

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

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

Education level profile (%) in construction sector in EU (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

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

Age profile (%) in construction sector in EU (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

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

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