This image shows that there were 1,166,900 people employed in Construction as at November 2018, up 17.3% since November 2013. Employment is projected to grow by 10.0% over the five years to May 2023.
32% of jobs are regional. 16% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 35% of workers are self-employed. 11% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 51% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 5% of workers hold an other qualification. 33% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Construction is a large employing industry and a significant number of new jobs have been added in recent years. This growth, however, has slowed recently and employment has fallen slightly in the past year. Technicians and Trades Workers account for 51% of workers and most jobs are full-time (85%).

Training is generally through the vocational education and training sector. More than half of those employed hold a certificate III or higher vocational qualification, often gained through the completion of an apprenticeship. There were 86,700 apprentices and trainees employed in this industry in 2018.

One third of workers in this industry do not hold post-school qualifications and around 16% are Labourers, suggesting there are also some good entry level opportunities.

Construction is projected to have above average employment growth over the five years to May 2023. Strong growth is expected across all sectors of this industry.

Construction, Annual employment growth (%)


Top employing occupations This industry All industries
Carpenters and Joiners 117,800 134,600
Electricians 95,600 145,000
Construction Managers 80,600 104,500
Plumbers 79,200 87,700
Building and Plumbing Labourers 53,600 71,800
Painting Trades Workers 52,000 56,700
Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians 43,800 76,900
Concreters 38,600 40,800
Plasterers 35,500 39,200
Earthmoving Plant Operators 34,500 50,600
Gardeners 28,100 69,400
Handypersons 25,800 40,900
Bricklayers and Stonemasons 25,500 34,700
Wall and Floor Tilers 21,300 21,300
Bookkeepers 19,400 100,900
Civil Engineering Professionals 18,900 50,300
Truck Drivers 18,800 199,400
Structural Steel Construction Workers 18,000 27,700
Accounting Clerks 18,000 131,700
Office Managers 15,600 150,700

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Industry Employment Projections; NCVER, Apprentices and Trainees

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