Top 5 Manufacturing Occupations
|Top 5 Occupations||This Industry||All Industries|
|Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers||42,700||70,600|
|Metal Fitters and Machinists||32,000||117,200|
|Food and Drink Factory Workers||25,200||29,600|
Over the five years to November 2015, employment in Manufacturing decreased by 117,700 (or 12.0%), the largest fall of any industry. It remains, though, the sixth largest employing industry, accounting for 7% of Australia’s employment. Further job losses are expected over the five years to November 2020 (down by 45,700 or 5.3%), although there is expected to be growth in some subsectors, such as Food Product Manufacturing (up by 5,200).
Technicians and Trades Workers is the largest occupation group and vocational education and training (VET) is a key provider of skills to this industry, with 38% of workers holding a certificate III or higher VET qualification. About 38% of workers do not hold post-school qualifications and there is significant employment in lower skilled occupations.
This industry employs more than 40,000 apprentices and trainees, around 18,000 of whom are aged 15 to 24 years.
Male, full-time employment characterises this industry. Women hold 27% of jobs and just 15% of employment is part-time.
Young people also have a low share of Manufacturing jobs (12%). Workers aged 45 years and over comprise a relatively large proportion of the industry’s workforce (44% compared with the all industries average, 39%).
Educational attainment, Manufacturing (% of industry total)
Age profile, Manufacturing (% of industry total)
Employment projections by region, Manufacturing, 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; ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification