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Construction

Construction employs approximately 1,198,100 persons (ABS trend data), full time and part time, which is around 9.6 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 20.7 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 38 years and median earnings are around $1,250 per week (before tax) for full time employees.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - February 18 ('000)

1,198.1

Employment Growth - Five years to February 18 ('000)

205.1

Employment Growth - Five Years to February 18 (%)

20.7

Male Share of Employment - Year to February 18 (%)

88.6

Female Share of Employment - Year to February 18 (%)

11.4

Full Time Share of Employment - Year to February 18 (%)

84.6

Average Full Time Hours - February 18

42

Median Weekly Earnings (full time employees) 2015 ($)

1250

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2022 ('000)

120.7

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2022 (%)

10.9

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, 2015; Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017 employment projections, five years to May 2022.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2017)


Carpenters and Joiners

106,000

Electricians

105,500

Plumbers

77,400

Construction Managers

74,800

Building and Plumbing Labourers

50,700

Painting Trades Workers

46,000

Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians

39,000

Concreters

37,000

Plasterers

33,200

Gardeners

31,700

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.