This image shows that there were 1,167,200 people employed in Construction as at November 2017, up 8.5% since November 2016 and 19.3% since November 2012. Employment is projected to grow by 10.9% over the five years to May 2022.
32% of jobs are regional (down 2 percentage points over 5 years).
12% of workers are female (no change over 5 years).
68% of workers hold post-school qualifications (up 4 percentage points over 5 years).
15% of jobs are part-time (up 1 percentage point over 5 years).
The median age is 39 years (up 1 percentage point over 5 years).

Top 5 Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Occupation This Industry All Industries
Carpenters and Joiners 106,000 131,900
Electricians 105,500 158,700
Plumbers 77,400 87,500
Construction Managers 74,800 102,300
Building and Plumbing Labourers 50,700 71,200

Employment, Construction (‘000)

This line chart shows the number of people employed in the Construction industry over the period from November 1997 to November 2017. The chart shows employment increased strongly over this period to 1,162,200 in November 2017.

Construction is a large employing industry and a significant number of new jobs were added over the past five years.

Technicians and Trades Workers account for 52% of those employed and more than half the workers in this industry hold a certificate III or higher vocational qualification.

Around 16% or workers are Labourers, and there were around 81,600 apprentices and trainees employed in this industry in 2017, suggesting there are some good entry level opportunities.

Construction is projected to have above average employment growth over the five years to May 2022. Residential Construction employment is projected to continue to grow, although at a slower pace than it has during the past five years, and significant infrastructure investment is expected to underpin employment growth in the Engineering Construction sector.

Educational attainment, Construction (%)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Construction industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 10%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 54%. Other qualification 4%. No post-school qualification 32%.

Age profile, Construction (%)

Shows the age profile of the Construction workforce. 15% aged 15 to 24 years. 26% aged 25 to 34 years. 23% aged 35 to 44 years. 20% aged 45 to 54 years. 16% 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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