Construction

This image shows that there were 1,046,900 people employed in the Construction industry at November 2015, up 0.3% since 2014 and up 4.7% since 2010. 31% of jobs were regional. Employment in the Construction industry is projected to grow by 8.3% over the next 5 years.
1,046,900
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
0.3 since 2014
4.7 since 2010
Projected to increase by 8.3% over the next 5 years

Top 5 Construction Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Top 5 Occupations This Industry All Industries
Carpenters and Joiners 102,600 123,900
Electricians 100,300 165,500
Plumbers 74,200 87,100
Construction Managers 64,600 79,700
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)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Construction Industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 9%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 52%. No post-school qualification 34%. Other qualification 5%.

Age profile, Construction (% of industry total)

Shows age profile of the workforce in the Construction industry.  15-24 years 17%. 25-34 years 27%. 35-44 years 21%. 45-54 years 20%. Aged 55 years and over 15%. All industries average: 15-24 years 16%. 25-34 years 23%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 18%.

Employment projections by region, Construction, five years to November 2020 (% change)

Employment projections by region, Construction, five years to November 2020 (% change)

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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