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Handicraft workers make and repair musical instruments, jewellery, pottery and porcelain ware; while the printing trades include printers and binding workers.

Key facts:

  • Handicraft and printing workers form a small occupational group, accounting for 0.5% of the EU-28 workforce.
  • The number of handicraft and printing workers has fallen consistently since 2003 and is forecast to continue declining from 2013 to 2025 although at a much slower rate.
  • Many handicraft and printing workers need to be highly-skilled in particular production methods, materials and tools.
  • The increasing use of new materials will mean that workers have to understand their application and potential use, especially within specialist and niche markets.

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