While employment has been below average, shortages have been identified. With the exception of electricians, the demand for these skills relates to a small number of specific areas in manufacturing.
Overall employment: Approximately 111,700 persons (93% male) were employed in the selected other craft occupations n.e.c., representing 4.9% of the national workforce.
Sector: 40% of overall employment was concentrated in the industry sector, followed by the wholesale/retail and construction sectors combined accounting for a further 38%.
Employment growth (5-year): Between 2013 and 2018, overall employment increased by 10,900 (2.1% on average annually compared to 3.1% nationally). The strongest rate of employment growth was observed for metal forming, welding & related trades (9.8%) during the period.
Age: The 25-54 age group accounted for the majority of persons employed, at 70%. The share of employees aged 55 and over, at 18%, was slightly above the national average of 17%.
Education: The share of persons employed in the selected other craft occupations n.e.c. who had attained higher secondary/FET qualifications was 60%, well above the national average share of 37%. Those who had attained third level qualifications (25%) was well below the national average share (48%).
Full-time/part-time: Over 93% of other craft workers were in full-time employment.
Nationality: The share of non-Irish workers was above the national average of 16%, while 81% of workers were Irish nationals.