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Regional Industry Data

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

Manufacturing

Manufacturing employs approximately 848,100 persons (ABS seasonally adjusted data), which accounts for 6.6 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has decreased by 1.7 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 42 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,125 per week.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Employment data for the November 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 November 2020 employment data with caution.

The Industry & Occupation quarterly employment update data visualisation can provide more context around recent movements in industry and occupation employment.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - November 2020 ('000)

848.1

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

-14.5

Employment Growth - Five Years to November 2020 (%)

-1.7

Male Share of Employment - November 2020 (%)

69.1

Female Share of Employment - November 2020 (%)

30.9

Full Time Share of Employment - November 2020 (%)

82.6

Average Full Time Hours - November 2020

39.3

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, 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)


Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers

42,500

Metal Fitters and Machinists

36,400

Production Managers

36,200

Packers

31,000

Food and Drink Factory Workers

25,100

Product Assemblers

23,200

Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers

23,000

Cabinetmakers

21,900

Storepersons

21,700

Bakers and Pastrycooks

21,600

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 National Skills Commission surveys businesses to monitor recruitment conditions across Australia and provide insights into what employers are looking for.

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.