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Includes electricians, electronic mechanics, tool setters, welders and blacksmiths.

Key facts:

  • Metal and electrical trades are a declining occupation, although still the source of over 11 million jobs across the EU-28 in 2013.
  • This decline is forecast to continue over the next decade, especially with regard to metal and electrical trades employment in the manufacturing sector.
  • However, certain jobs within this occupational group, such as tool setters and welders, are among those experiencing the most widespread recruitment difficulties in the EU-28.
  • Increasing automation is shifting skills needs away from original production towards maintenance and repair. Electrical trades workers, in particular, are increasingly required to work with embedded technology within machines (e.g. diagnostic equipment and sensors) and to be able to manage communications between technological systems.

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

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