Top 5 Construction Occupations
|Top 5 Occupations||This Industry||All Industries|
|Carpenters and Joiners||102,600||123,900|
|Building and Plumbing Labourers||42,800||54,700|
Construction is the third largest industry in Australia, employing more than one million workers (9% of national employment).
Employment increased by 46,700 (or 4.7%) over the five years to November 2015. Stronger growth is projected over the five years to November 2020 (up by 8.3% or 87,000), with the vast majority of new jobs expected in Construction Services (65,500).
More than half of the workers in this industry are Technicians and Trades Workers. Consequently, the vocational education and training (VET) sector is a key supplier of skills. Around 52% of workers hold a certificate III or higher VET qualification and 54,000 young workers are employed as an apprentice or trainee. Although the industry employs Professionals such as Civil Engineering Professionals and Architects, just 9% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher qualification.
The Construction industry is characterised by male, full-time employment, with females having a low share of jobs (11% compared with 46% across all industries).
Around 35% of the workforce is aged 45 years and over.
Educational attainment, Construction (% of industry total)
Age profile, Construction (% of industry total)
Employment projections by region, Construction, five years to November 2020 (% change)
For more information see lmip.gov.au
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment Projections; NCVER, Apprentices and Trainees; ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification