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Manufacturing

Manufacturing employs approximately 872,500 persons (ABS trend data), which accounts for 6.8 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has decreased by 5.8 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 42 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,150 per week.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - February 2019 ('000)

872.5

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

-53.9

Employment Growth - Five Years to February 2019 (%)

-5.8

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

72.8

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

27.2

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

84.6

Average Full Time Hours - February 2019

40

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

1,150

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

8.5

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

0.9

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, 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)


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 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.