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Regional Industry Data

Regional industry information is available from the Employment Region and SA4 Region channels.

Construction

Construction employs approximately 1,174,100 persons (ABS trend data), which accounts for 9.6 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 13.9 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 37 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,281 per week.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Employment data for the May 2020 quarter are presented in seasonally adjusted terms, rather than trend. Seasonally adjusted data may be more volatile than trend, however, more readily show the significant impact of COVID-19 on the Australian labour market. Moreover, employment data for some industries may exhibit a high degree of volatility as the pandemic has caused greater disruption in different segments of the economy. Please use May 2020 employment data with caution.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - May 2020 ('000)

1,174.1

Employment Growth - Five years to May 2020 ('000)

143.7

Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2020 (%)

13.9

Male Share of Employment - Year to May 2020 (%)

87.1

Female Share of Employment - Year to May 2020 (%)

12.9

Full Time Share of Employment - Year to May 2020 (%)

84.0

Average Full Time Hours - May 2020

39

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

1,281

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

113.7

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

9.7

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

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2019)


Carpenters and Joiners

127,600

Electricians

100,300

Plumbers

76,500

Construction Managers

75,800

Building and Plumbing Labourers

50,900

Painting Trades Workers

49,300

Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians

42,500

Concreters

41,700

Earthmoving Plant Operators

34,900

Plasterers

30,600

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