Administrative and Support Services

This image shows that there were 401,200 people employed in Administrative and Support Services as at November 2017, down 7.4% since November 2016 and up 1.9% since November 2012. Employment is projected to grow by 8.4% over the five years to May 2022.
28% of jobs are regional (down 1 percentage point over 5 years).
51% of workers are female (no change over 5 years).
59% of workers hold post-school qualifications (up 4 percentage points over 5 years).
44% of jobs are part-time (up 4 percentage points over 5 years).
The median age is 42 years (up 2 years over 5 years).

Top 5 Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Occupation This Industry All Industries
Commercial Cleaners 66,100 147,400
Domestic Cleaners 31,100 33,400
Human Resource Professionals 26,700 65,100
Gardeners 22,300 74,600
Tourism and Travel Advisers 20,900 64,300

Employment, Administrative and Support Services (‘000)

This line chart shows the number of people employed in the Administrative and Support Services industry over the period from November 1997 to November 2017. The chart shows employment increased steadily until 2017, but has since fallen to 402,200 in November 2017.

This is a relatively small employing industry that offers services including travel, employment, building cleaning, pest control and gardening. There was a modest employment rise over the past five years, although job numbers have fallen over the last year.

More than 40% of workers in this industry do not have post-school qualifications, so there are good opportunities for entry to the labour market. There are also training opportunities available, with around 26,600 apprentices and trainees employed in this industry in 2017.

Administrative and Support Services employment is projected to have above average growth over the five years to May 2022, driven by strong growth in the Building Cleaning, Pest Control and Other Support Services sector.

Educational attainment, Administrative and Support Services (%)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Administrative and Support Services industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 21%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 30%. Other qualification 8%. No post-school qualification 41%.

Age profile, Administrative and Support Services (%)

Shows the age profile of the Administrative and Support Services workforce. 11% aged 15 to 24 years. 24% aged 25 to 34 years. 22% aged 35 to 44 years. 22% aged 45 to 54 years. 21% aged 55 years or older.

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Census of Population and Housing; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Industry Employment Projections; NCVER, Apprentices and Trainees

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