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.
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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