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Manufacturing

Manufacturing employs approximately 912,500 persons (ABS trend data), which accounts for 7.0 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has decreased by 0.4 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 42 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,125 per week.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - November 2019 ('000)

912.5

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

-4.1

Employment Growth - Five Years to November 2019 (%)

-0.4

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

72.7

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

27.3

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

84.0

Average Full Time Hours - November 2019

40

Median Weekly Earnings in Main Job - August 2019 ($)

1,125

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2024 ('000)

-3.4

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2024 (%)

-0.4

Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, trend. Average full time hours data is Department of Education, Skills and Employment trend; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, August 2019; Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019 employment projections, five years to May 2024.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2018)


Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers

45,800

Packers

33,900

Metal Fitters and Machinists

33,800

Production Managers

32,700

Food and Drink Factory Workers

30,800

Storepersons

26,000

Sales Assistants (General)

23,800

Cabinetmakers

23,800

Product Assemblers

23,000

Bakers and Pastrycooks

20,500

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 Education, Skills and Employment 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.

Workforce Shortages

The Department carries out research to identify workforce shortages at the state, territory and/or national level for around 80 occupations.