What are the trends for the future? 
Greater mechanisation and automation in manufacturing processes will likely play a significant part in reducing the total number of people employed in this occupation. More than two thirds of these workers are employed in just four sectors: food, drink and tobacco (almost one quarter of overall employment); textiles, clothing and leather (almost one fifth); other manufacturing  (13%); and the wholesale and retail trade (13%).
All of these sectors will see a reduction in the number of jobs for workers in this occupational group between 2018 and 2030 - a loss of around 500,000 jobs. The decline in employment will take place in 20 of 28 analysed European countries.
Figure 2: Future employment growth of other manufacturing workers in European countries (2018-2030, in %)
However, even if the outlook for total job change is negative, almost 1.2 million workers will still be required to fill positions that have been vacated due to retirement or other reasons  . To replace them will be a challenging task, given the fact that many of these jobs may not be attractive enough for young people .
Figure 3: Future job openings of other manufacturing workers (2018-2030)
With regard to educational requirements, other manufacturing workers have usually had either low- or medium-level qualifications. This will not change much in the period until 2030, though there will be a fall in the percentage of workers with low-level qualifications and an increase in those with high-level ones. In 2018, 31 per cent of workers had low-level qualifications and this is expected to fall to 25 per cent by 2030. The percentage of workers with medium-level qualifications will remain largely unchanged between 2018 and 2030 – 62 per cent of workers had this level of qualification in 2018 and it is expected to be 61 per cent by 2030. In contrast, the percentage of highly qualified workers is projected to increase from 8 per cent in 2018 to 14 per cent in 2030. This trend corresponds with the notion that European companies are moving towards more high-value design and production techniques .
More information on employment trends for this occupation can be found here.