Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

This image shows that there were 153,000 people employed in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services as at November 2018, up 1.1% since November 2013. Employment is projected to grow by 4.1% over the five years to May 2023.
33% of jobs are regional. 6% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 6% of workers are self-employed. 32% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 38% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 5% of workers hold an other qualification. 25% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services is a small employing industry. Employment in this industry is slightly higher than it was five years ago due to the strong growth over the last two years.

This workforce is highly skilled, with 38% having a certificate III or higher vocational qualification and 32% holding a bachelor degree or higher. Only 6% of this workforce is aged 15 to 24 years, reflecting the time it takes to gain the necessary qualifications. Apprentice and trainee numbers in this industry have more than halved over the past decade, but there continue to be some opportunities, with around 4,900 in training in 2018.

Employment in the industry is projected to grow by 4.1% over the five years to May 2023 (compared with 7.1% growth projected across all industries).

Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Annual employment growth (%)

Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
Top employing occupations This industry All industries
Truck Drivers 12,100 199,400
Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 8,400 10,400
Electricians 7,900 145,000
Other Stationary Plant Operators 5,200 29,500
Electrical Engineers 5,100 19,900
General Clerks 4,500 281,800
Contract, Program and Project Administrators 3,300 131,100
Accounting Clerks 3,200 131,700
Building and Plumbing Labourers 3,100 71,800
Information Officers 2,900 86,900
Other Specialist Managers 2,800 50,900
Accountants 2,700 188,400
Metal Fitters and Machinists 2,700 107,700
Office Managers 2,500 150,700
Environmental Scientists 2,500 23,700
Chemical, Gas, Petroleum and Power Generation Plant Operators 2,400 8,300
Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers 2,100 141,200
Human Resource Managers 2,000 55,900
Plumbers 2,000 87,700
Recycling and Rubbish Collectors 2,000 3,800

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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