Operatives and Elementary

Many of these occupations are particularly likely to be impacted by the automation of manufacturing processes. Job churn is a significant factor, as evidenced by the high number of recent job hires.

There also remains a ready supply with a high number of available job seekers who were previously employed in these occupations.

  • Overall employment: Approximately 168,600 persons (61% male) were employed in the selected operatives & elementary occupations n.e.c., representing 7.5% of the national workforce.

  • Sector: 51% of overall employment was concentrated in the industry sector, with administrative services and wholesale/retail combined accounting for a further 26%.

  • Employment growth (5-year): Between 2013 and 2018, overall employment increased by 23,100 (3.0% on average annually compared to 3.1% nationally). The strongest rate of employment growth was observed for chemical & related process occupations (11.1%) during the period.

  • Age: The 25-54 age group accounted for the majority of persons employed, at 72%. The share of employees aged 55 and over was 15%, below the national average of 17%.

  • Education: The share of persons employed in the selected operatives & elementary occupations n.e.c. who had attained higher secondary/FET qualifications was 51%, well above the national average share of 37%. Almost one-quarter of persons had a lower secondary education qualification or less.

  • Full-time/part-time: Over 75% of operatives & elementary occupations n.e.c. workers were in full-time employment.

  • Nationality: The share of non-Irish workers was well above the national average of 16%, while 68% of workers were Irish nationals.

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