Top 5 Labourer Occupations
|Top 5 Labourer Occupations|
|Building and Plumbing Labourers||54,700|
Top 5 Employing Industries
|Top 5 Employing Industries|
|Accommodation and Food Services||16.0%|
|Administrative and Support Services||14.4%|
Labourers perform routine tasks using hand and power tools, and machines, often assisting more skilled workers such as Technicians and Trades Workers. Although people often consider the term Labourer to refer to heavy physical work, the group includes occupations such as Housekeepers and Fast Food Cooks.
Labourers is the only occupation group to record a fall in employment over the five years to November 2015 (down by 2.9% or 33,900). Despite this, more than 1.1 million Australians work as Labourers and they are employed in every industry. Employment of Labourers is projected to fall further over the five years to November 2020 (down by 1.3% or 14,600).
Females have a relatively low share of Labourers jobs (33% compared with 46% across all occupations).
Employment as a Labourer does not usually require post-school study. Around 61% of Labourers do not hold post-school qualifications and just 32% have a qualification at the certificate III or higher level. Almost a quarter of these workers are young (aged 15 to 24 years) and part-time employment is common (46%). This suggests that there may be good opportunities for young people to combine work as a Labourer with study.
Educational attainment, Labourers (% of occupation total)
Age profile, Labourers (% of occupation total)
Employment by occupation subgroup, Labourers
|Employment||Employment Profile||Projected Employment|
|Employ't Nov 2015||5 year change to Nov 2015||Female||Aged 15 to 24 years||Aged 45 years and over||5 year change to Nov 2020|
|Cleaners and Laundry Workers||255.8||-8.1||-3.1||58||10||52||0.4||0.2|
|Construction and Mining Labourers||165.8||3.0||1.8||1||17||31||7.4||4.5|
|Factory Process Workers||201.1||-13.9||-6.5||33||17||40||-15.8||-7.8|
|Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers||116.2||-6.0||-4.9||26||23||38||-2.1||-1.8|
|Food Preparation Assistants||170.3||12.7||8.1||48||57||21||11.2||6.6|
1. Some data are trend and, for these, totals do not add
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections; ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations.