Labourers perform a variety of routine and repetitive physical tasks. Some Labourer jobs require physical fitness (like Building and Plumbing Labourers) but not all involve heavy work (for example, Fast Food Cooks).
There has been relatively strong employment growth in this group in recent years. Over the past five years, 113,300 new Labourer jobs were created. While Internet vacancy numbers for these workers are at historically low levels, Labourer jobs are often advertised informally with many being filled by applicants approaching the employer directly.
Jobs in this group do not generally require post-school qualifications, a large share of Labourers are aged 15 to 24 years and part-time work is common, suggesting there are good opportunities for young people to gain work experience or combine work with study.
Labourers employment is projected to grow by 5.5% over the five years to May 2023.
Sources: ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations; ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Internet Vacancy Index
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