Technicians and Trades Workers

This image shows that there were 1,733,300 people employed as Technicians and Trades Workers at November 2015, up 2.1% since 2014 and up 5.2% since 2010. 35% of jobs were regional. Employment of Technicians and Trades Workers is projected to grow by 5.5% over the next 5 years.
1,733,300
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
2.1 since 2014
5.2 since 2010
Projected to increase by 5.5% over the next 5 years

Top 5 Technicians and Trades Worker Occupations

Top 5 Technicians and Trades Worker Occupations
Top 5 Technicians and Trades Worker Occupations
Electricians 165,500
Carpenters and Joiners 123,900
Metal Fitters and Machinists 117,200
Motor Mechanics 100,700
Plumbers 87,100

Top 5 Employing Industries

Top 5 Employing Industries
Top 5 Employing Industries
Construction 31.5%
Manufacturing 14.7%
Other Services 14.2%
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 6.0%
Accommodation and Food Services 6.0%

Technicians and Trades Workers perform a variety of skilled tasks, applying broad or in-depth technical, trade or industry specific knowledge in construction, manufacturing, scientific, engineering and other activities. Some of these occupations, particularly Technicians, provide support to Professionals.

More than 1.7 million Australians work as a Technician and Trades Worker (15% of total employment). Employment increased by 5.2% or 85,100 over the five years to November 2015, with rises in all subgroups. Food Trades Workers recorded the largest number of new jobs (17,300 or 11.1%).

Over the five years to November 2020, employment of Technicians and Trades Workers is projected to rise at a similar rate (up by 5.5% or 95,900), but with some job losses for Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers (down by 18,100 or 4.9%).

Around 60% of Technicians and Trades Workers are employed in three industries, Construction, Manufacturing and Other Services (which includes automotive repair and maintenance).

Women have a low share of Technicians and Trades Workers jobs, but they have a higher share in particular occupations, such as Veterinary Nurses (99% are female), Florists (89%) and Hairdressers (88%).

Most Technicians and Trades Workers are employed full-time and 35% of jobs are located outside capital cities.

The vocational education and training (VET) sector is the main supplier of skills for Technicians and Trades Workers. Around 62% of these workers have a certificate III or higher VET qualification. Australian Apprenticeships provide an important training pathway for many of these occupations.

Young workers (aged 15 to 24 years) comprise 18% of Technicians and Trades Workers (compared with 16% across all occupations), with many of these workers (182,200) being apprentices or trainees.

Around 34% of workers are aged 45 years and over (compared with 39% across all occupations).

Educational attainment, Technicians and Trades Workers (% of occupation total)

Shows the share of educational attainment in the Technicians and Trades Workers workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 8%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 62%. No post-school qualification 23%. 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, Technicians and Trades Workers (% of occupation total)

Shows age profile of the Technicians and Trades Workers workforce.  15-24 years 18%. 25-34 years 27%. 35-44 years 21%. 45-54 years 19%. Aged 55 years and over 15%. National 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, Technicians and Trades Workers

Employment by occupation subgroup, Technicians and Trades Workers
  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 %
Engineering, ICT and Science Technicians 235.2 14.8 6.7 25 9 41 22.4 9.5
Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers 372.9 16.2 4.6 1 18 36 -18.1 -4.9
Construction Trades Workers 382.6 10.5 2.8 1 22 30 29.5 7.7
Electrotechnology and Telecommunication Trades Workers 251.0 15.1 6.4 2 21 30 28.9 11.5
Food Trades Workers 172.9 17.3 11.1 30 18 28 22.7 13.1
Skilled Animal and Horticultural Workers 120.7 4.4 3.8 30 19 36 8.7 7.2
Other Technicians and Trades Workers 189.2 3.4 1.8 47 19 39 1.3 0.7
All Technicians and Trades Workers1 1,733.3 85.1 5.2 15 18 34 95.9 5.5

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; NCVER, Apprentices and Trainees; ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations