Labourers

This image shows that there were 1,122,500 people employed as Labourers at November 2015, up 0.1% since 2014 and down 2.9% since 2010. 41% of jobs were regional. Employment of Labourers is projected to fall by 1.3% over the next 5 years.
1,122,500
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
0.1 since 2014
2.9 since 2010
Projected to increase by 1.3% over the next 5 years

Top 5 Labourer Occupations

Top 5 Labourer Occupations
Top 5 Labourer Occupations
Commercial Cleaners 136,300
Kitchenhands 127,100
Packers 65,300
Shelf Fillers 58,400
Building and Plumbing Labourers 54,700

Top 5 Employing Industries

Top 5 Employing Industries
Top 5 Employing Industries
Accommodation and Food Services 16.0%
Manufacturing 14.8%
Administrative and Support Services 14.4%
Construction 14.3%
Retail Trade 8.6%

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)

Shows the share of educational attainment in the Labourers workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 8%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 24%. No post-school qualification 61%. Other qualification 7%.All occupations average: Bachelor degree or higher 31%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 32%. No post-school qualification 32%. Other qualification 5%.

Age profile, Labourers (% of occupation total)

Shows age profile of the Labourers workforce.  15-24 years 24%. 25-34 years 21%. 35-44 years 16%. 45-54 years 20%. Aged 55 years and over 19%. All occupations average: 15-24 years 16%. 25-34 years 23%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 18%.

Employment by occupation subgroup, Labourers

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
Occupation subgroup '000 '000 % % % % '000 %
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
Other Labourers 204.5 -26.7 -11.5 20 26 43 -15.6 -7.6
All Labourers1 1,122.5 -33.9 -2.9 33 24 39 -14.6 -1.3

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.