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