Key points for selected other craft occupations
- There were approximately 106,000 persons employed in other craft occupations, representing 5.8% of Ireland’s workforce
- Approximately 70% of overall employment was concentrated in three sectors: manufacturing (34%), wholesale and retail (21%) and construction (15%)
- Just over 70% of total employment in the selected trades was concentrated in three trades: electrical/electronic (34%); metal machining, fitting and instrument making (22%) and vehicle (18%)
- Over the period 2007-2012, employment in other craft occupations contracted at an average annual rate of 7.1%, which was just over twice as fast as the national average rate of -3% and amounted to approximately 47,000 net job losses (approximately half of which was for electrical and electronic trades)
- Overall employment contracted by 1.1% between 2011 and 2012, with just over 1,000 net job losses recorded; employment in most occupations did not change significantly during that period (in absolute terms)
- Approximately four fifths of all persons employed in the selected occupations was aged 25-54
- Approximately 57% of all persons employed in the selected occupations held higher secondary/FET qualifications, exceeding the national average of 38%; however, 26% held third level qualifications — considerably below the national average of 46%; the share of third level graduates varied across the occupations, almost 40% of those employed in electrical/electronic trades held third level qualifications
- Just over one third of overall employment for butchers, fishmongers and related trades was composed of non-Irish nationals — one of the highest shares among skilled trades in the national workforce; the share was also relatively high for welding trades, at just over onethird
- The overall workforce of other skilled craft trades was predominantly male
There is a significant shortage of precision engineering skills in tool making and CNC machining; while the demand for these skills has grown, supply from the education and training system has been affected by the legacy of the construction boom during which school leaver preferences were for construction craft education and training (e.g. carpentry, plumber, electrical, etc.) rather than engineering.
There are also indications of issues relating to the retention of deboners in industry.