Employment numbers for other craft occupations have remained relatively unchanged over the five-year period. As a result of COVID-19, employment is expected to fall for those working across industry, construction and the wholesale & retail sectors, particularly in relation to those employed as motor mechanics, electricians and other skilled trades (such as butchers/deboners). Other craft occupations have a low score in relation to exposure to diseases in their work but tend to have a higher score in relation to working in close proximity to others. This was particularly the case for metal machining, fitting and instrument making trades, electrical trades and butchers. See National Skills Bulletin 2020 for more details.
9.9 Other Craft Occupations n.e.c.
Overall employment: Approximately 112,000 persons (94% male) were employed in the selected other craft occupations n.e.c., representing 4.9% of the national workforce.
— Sector: 35% of overall employment was concentrated in the industry sector, followed by the wholesale/retail and construction sectors, which combined accounted for a further 36%
— Employment growth (5-year): Between 2014 and 2019, overall employment increased by 2,300 (0.4% on average annually compared to 3.2% nationally). The strongest rate of employment growth was observed for metal forming, welding & related trades (7.1%) during the period
— Age: The 25-54-year age group accounted for the majority of persons employed, at 73%. The share of employees aged 55 years and over, at 15%, was below the national average of 19%
— Education: The share of persons employed in the selected other craft occupations n.e.c. who had attained higher secondary/FET qualifications was 59%, was well above the national average share of 38%. Those who had attained third level qualifications (25%) was well below the national average share (48%)
— Full-time/part-time: Over 94% of other craft workers were in full-time employment
— Nationality: The share of non-Irish workers was broadly in line with the national average of 17%, while 84% of workers were Irish nationals.