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Labourers perform a variety of routine and repetitive physical tasks. Some Labourer jobs require physical fitness (like Building and Plumbing Labourers) but not all involve heavy work (for example, Fast Food Cooks).
Jobs in this group are often advertised informally, with many being filled by applicants approaching the employer directly.
Top employing occupations
|Building and Plumbing Labourers|
|Other Miscellaneous Labourers|
|Fast Food Cooks|
|Food and Drink Factory Workers|
|Livestock Farm Workers|
|Crop Farm Workers|
|Insulation and Home Improvement Installers|
|Garden and Nursery Labourers|
|Structural Steel Construction Workers|
|Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters|
Most Labourer positions do not generally require post-school qualifications, a large share of workers are aged 15 to 24 years and part-time work is common. Accordingly, there are good opportunities for young people to gain work experience or combine work with study.
While formal qualifications are not necessarily a requirement for these roles, some may require mandatory tickets or licences. In addition, job seekers will generally need to possess a driver's licence and their own personal transport.
Sources: ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations; ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work; ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); National Skills Commission, Employers' Recruitment Insights.