Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

This image shows that there were 136,700 people employed in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services as at November 2017, up 5.0% since November 2016 and down 3.4% since November 2012. Employment is projected to fall by 7.0% over the five years to May 2022.
35% of jobs are regional (down 2 percentage points over 5 years).
24% of workers are female (no change over 5 years).
74% of workers hold post-school qualifications (up 4 percentage points over 5 years).
8% of jobs are part-time (down 1 percentage point over 5 years).
The median age is 43 years (no change over 5 years).

Top 5 Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Occupation This Industry All Industries
Truck Drivers 12,800 208,300
Electricians 8,800 158,700
Electrical Engineers 5,000 17,900
Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 4,600 9,800
Contract, Program and Project Administrators 4,500 121,100

Employment, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (‘000)

This line chart shows the number of people employed in the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services industry over the period from November 1997 to November 2017. The chart shows employment increased from 1997 to 2011 but has since fallen to 136,700 in November 2017.

Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services is a small employing industry. Employment fell over the past five years, with the majority of losses in the Electricity Supply sector. There has, though, been a slight rise in industry employment over the past year.

This workforce is highly skilled, with 42% having a certificate III or higher vocational qualification and 27% holding a bachelor degree or higher. Only 6% of workers in this industry are young, reflecting the training requirements. Apprentice and trainee numbers in this industry have more than halved over the past decade, but there continue to be some opportunities, with around 5,000 in training in 2017.

Employment in this industry is projected to fall over the five years to May 2022.

Educational attainment, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (%)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 27%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 42%. Other qualification 5%. No post-school qualification 26%.

Age profile, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (%)

Shows the age profile of the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services workforce. 6% aged 15 to 24 years. 23% aged 25 to 34 years. 26% aged 35 to 44 years. 26% aged 45 to 54 years. 19% 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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