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Construction

Construction employs approximately 1,153,900 persons (ABS trend data), which accounts for 9.0 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 15.1 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 37 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,280 per week.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - February 2019 ('000)

1,153.9

Employment Growth - Five years to February 2019 ('000)

151.4

Employment Growth - Five Years to February 2019 (%)

15.1

Male Share of Employment - Year to February 2019 (%)

88.7

Female Share of Employment - Year to February 2019 (%)

11.3

Full Time Share of Employment - Year to February 2019 (%)

85.4

Average Full Time Hours - February 2019

41

Median Weekly Earnings in Main Job - August 2018 ($)

1,280

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2023 ('000)

118.8

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2023 (%)

10.0

Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, trend. Average full time hours data is Department of Jobs and Small Business trend; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, August 2018; Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018 employment projections, five years to May 2023.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2018)


Carpenters and Joiners

117,800

Electricians

95,600

Construction Managers

80,600

Plumbers

79,200

Building and Plumbing Labourers

53,600

Painting Trades Workers

52,000

Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians

43,800

Concreters

38,600

Plasterers

35,500

Earthmoving Plant Operators

34,500

Source: Four quarter average and custom data based on ABS Labour Force, Australia, Cat no: 6291.0.55.003.


Supporting data

Employment Projections

Where will the jobs be in the future? The Department of Jobs and Small Business projects employment growth over the next five years by region, industry, and occupation.

Vacancy Report

Online job advertising levels and trends by region, occupation and skill level are detailed in the monthly vacancy report.

Employers’ Recruitment Insights

The Survey of Employers' Recruitment Experiences is used to monitor recruitment conditions and to provide up-to-date information on regional labour market challenges.