Table of contents


Skilled manual workers, including house builders, bricklayers, roofers, plumbers and painters.

Key facts:

  • The number of building trades workers grew by a small amount from 2003 to 2013, but fell as a percentage of EU-28 employment.
  • Since 2008, there has been a large fall in the level of building trades employment. In spite of this, a large number of EU-28 countries report recruitment difficulties, especially for carpenters, joiners, plumbers and pipe fitters.
  • Recruitment difficulties are reported, partly due to the male dominated image of these occupations.
  • Building trades workers is the only craft and related trade occupation forecast to grow over the next decade. Growth is expected at the highly-qualified end of the group and within the business and other services sector specifically.

The full text of the Analytical highlight can be downloaded from the link below:

PDF icon EUSP_AH_Builders.pdf364.43 KB