Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

This image shows that there were 139,600 people employed in the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services industry at November 2015, up 0.6% since 2014 but down 6.0% since 2010. 36% of jobs were regional. Employment in the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services industry is projected to grow by 0.6% over the next 5 years.
139,600
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
0.6 since 2014
6.0 since 2010
Projected to increase by 0.6% over the next 5 years

Top 5 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Top 5 Occupations This Industry All Industries
Truck Drivers 11,000 173,000
Electricians 9,500 165,500
Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 4,800 8,700
Contract, Programme and Project Administrators 4,700 126,600
Metal Fitters and Machinists 4,400 117,200

Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services is Australia’s smallest industry, with employment of 139,600 or just 1% of the national total.

Employment fell over the five years to November 2015 (down by 6.0% or 8,900), but a small increase in employment is expected over the five years to November 2020 (up by 800 or 0.6%).

The workforce is highly skilled. Nearly three quarters of workers have a post-school qualification (compared with the all industries average of 63%), with a particularly high proportion holding a vocational education and training (VET) qualification at the certificate III or higher level. Consistent with this, around a quarter of workers are Technicians and Trades Workers.

Women have a low share of jobs in this industry (22%) and few workers are employed part-time (9%).

The proportion of the workforce aged 45 years and over is higher than the all industries average (44% compared with 39%) and young people (15 to 24 years) make up just 6% of employment.

Around 36% of Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services jobs are in regional areas, higher than the all industries average (32%).

Educational attainment, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (% of industry total)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services Industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 27%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 47%. No post-school qualification 22%. Other qualification 4%.

Age profile, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (% of industry total)

Shows age profile of the workforce in the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services industry.  15-24 years 6%. 25-34 years 21%. 35-44 years 29%. 45-54 years 27%. Aged 55 years and over 17%. 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, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, five years to November 2020 (% change)

Employment projections by region, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, 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