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Other Craft Occupations

Key points for selected other craft occupations

  • In 2014, there were approximately 113,000 persons employed in other craft occupations, representing 5.9% of the national workforce (Figure 9.11.1)
  • Two thirds of overall employment was concentrated in two sectors: manufacturing (one third) and wholesale and retail (approximately one fifth)
  • Almost 75% of overall employment was concentrated in three trades: electrical & electronic (30%), metal machining, fitting and instrument making (24%) and vehicle (almost 20%)
  • Between 2009 and 2014, overall employment in other craft occupations contracted by 2.1% on average annually, with a net 12,600 job losses; however, between 2013 and 2014, employment expanded by 6.4%, with almost a net 7,000 jobs created
  • Between 2009 and 2014, the strongest average annual rates of employment decline were observed for printing trades (6.8%) and electrical & electronic trades (6.1%); the latter group experienced the largest reduction in the numbers employed (approximately 12,000); between 2013 and 2014, employment in these trades also contracted, while employment in most other craft occupations expanded (Figure 9.11.2)
  • Just over 75% of all persons employed in the selected occupations was aged 25-54 (Figure 9.11.3)
  • Approximately 56% of all persons employed in the selected occupations had attained higher secondary/FET qualifications, exceeding the national average of 38%; however, at 30%, the overall share with third level qualifications was considerably below the national average of 47%; the share who had third level qualifications varied across the occupations: at 45%, the highest share was for electrical & electronic craftsworkers (within this category, 90% of computer repair and maintenance engineers had attained this level of education); in contrast, the corresponding share was only 7% for butchers, fishmongers and related trades (Figure 9.11.4)
  • Approximately 30% of all employed butchers, fishmongers and related trades were non-Irish nationals
  • The majority of other craftpersons in employment were male and worked fulltime.

Shortage Indicators

Electricians – the demand for electricians was evident in an increased number of vacancies in 2014; however, many vacancies were arising due to replacement demand and turnover (3,500 transitions between employers were observed in 2014); high turnover was also evident in the simultaneous presence of a large number of job seekers (2,700 in May 2015) and vacancies; supply from the apprenticeship system has declined sharply in recent times (from 729 in 2013 to 478 in 2014 alone), which may create an issue in the medium term; with growth emerging in construction and accelerating in other sectors, the demand for electricians is expected to increase.

Welders – in 2014, there were many vacancies for welders with TIG/MIG, arc, pipe, orbital and butt fusion skills; many of these vacancies were airing due to turnover (1,400 movements between employers were identified in 2014); in May 2015, there were 1,200 job ready welders who were seeking employment through the PES; in addition, 286 FET awards were made in 2014 in manual arc and oxy-acetylene welding; nonetheless, shortages of TIG/MIG welders continue to exist; the demand is expected to remain strong due to projected expansion of utilities, high tech and traditional manufacturing and construction.

Tool makers/fitters – the demand for tool making skills has been increasing, owing mainly to the strong performance of the high tech manufacturing sector; in response to the growing demand, a new course was introduced by the Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim ETB in 2014, with 16 enrolments; this was in addition to the 20 awards made through FET courses in 2014 (an increase from 10 in 2013) and an increase in apprentice intake; nonetheless, shortages of tradespersons with expertise in making highly complex precision tools are expected to persist in the short run.

Butchers/de-boners – demand for butchers/de-boners has been driven by the strong performance of the meat processing industry; the industry has been reliant on non-EEA workers (the share of non-Irish nationals in the workforce was 31% in 2014); in response to the shortage, the Government, in collaboration with employers, established a National Butchery Academy in 2012; however, the retention of qualified butchers following the completion of training was identified as an issue; the problem with attracting and retaining skilled butchers/de-boners remains a challenge for the meat industry in Ireland, with the issue likely to be exacerbated by the greater availability of job opportunities across other sectors as the economy continues to recover.


Labour Market Research 20

These links are to well established sources of information used to review, evaluate and predict changes in our labour market.

Future Skills Needs of the Biopharma Industry in Ireland August 2016 
This report reviews the supply of, and demand for, skills within the Biopharma Industry in Ireland up to 2020, with a specific focus on Biologics manufacturing as a growing sub-sector within the industry. It is estimated that 8,400 potential job openings
Assessing the Demand for Big Data and Analytics Skills 2013 - 2020 
May 2014 EGFSN report identifying measures to build up the Big Data and analytics talent pool in Ireland over the period up to 2020 in line with enterprise demand.
Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2014 
Report prepared by the Skills and Labour Market
Research Unit in SOLAS aimed at providing an analysis of the key labour market indicators for each of Ireland’s eight administrative
regions: Border, Dublin, Mid-East, Midland, Mid-West, South-East, South-
Addressing the Demand for Skills in the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics Sector in Ireland 2015 – 2020 
February 2015 EGFSN report assessing the skills and competency requirements for the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics sector in Ireland up to 2020
Vacancy Overview 2014 - EFGSN 
The Vacancy Overview 2014 produced May 2015 by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit in SOLAS on behalf of the EGFSN, draws on data from newly advertised job vacancies in the following sources: DSP Jobs Ireland and The analysis focuses
Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply 
July 2015 report on those entering and leaving the Irish education system (primary, post-primary,further education and training, and higher education) spanning the ten levels of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2015 
Annual report produced by the EGFSN which identifies variations in skills supply and demand across 8 regions (Border, Dublin, Mid East, Mid-West, Midland, South East, South West and West).
Assessment of Future Skills Requirements in the Hospitality Sector in Ireland 2015-2020 
Report from the EGFSN assessing the skills demand within the Hospitality sector in Ireland to 2020 to ensure the right supply of skills to help drive domestic hospitality sector business and employment growth.
Vacancy Overview 2015 - EGFSN May 2016 
A report produced by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS for the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs contextualising 2015 vacancy data with what is occurring in the Irish labour market
EGFSN - Report for HE Providers on Springboard 2014 / ICT Level 8 Conversion Programme 
February 2014 Report "Guidance for Higher Education providers on current and future skills needs of enterprise - Springboard 2014 / ICT Level 8 Conversion Programme"
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Current Labour Market Info 4

These sites provide news of current events that relate to our evolving labour market.

IBEC Quarterly Economic Trends 
Download publication in PDF format.
SCSI Employment Opportunities & Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying 2014-18 
New report April 2014 from SCSI outlining the Employment Opportunities and Skills Requirements for Construction and Property Surveying projected from 2014-2018
Shortage of craft/entry level staff in the Hotel Sector 
Hotels and guesthouses are experiencing serious difficulties recruiting suitably qualified craft/entry level staff - IHF Annual Conference 24/2/14
National Skills Bulletin 2015 
The National Skills Bulletin 2015 provides an overview of the Irish labour market at occupational level, drawing on a variety of data sets, which have been systematically gathered in the National Skills Database (NSD) since 2003.

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