Australian Jobs 2021


Annual Employment Growth (%)

Construction is one of Australia’s largest employing industries, with employment opportunities available at all skill and experience levels across the country. The most common entry into this industry is through the completion of an apprenticeship or traineeship, which is reflected in the workforce’s educational attainment (almost half of workers possess a certificate III or higher VET qualification).

Top Employing Occupations

Occupation This Industry All industries
Carpenters and Joiners 113,600 143,100
Electricians 109,600 175,900
Construction Managers 95,500 116,700
Plumbers 77,100 84,600
Building and Plumbing Labourers 48,400 63,200
Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians 40,300 78,200
Painting Trades Workers 39,400 44,400
Earthmoving Plant Operators 33,500 47,600
Concreters 28,000 31,500
Plasterers 22,100 22,500
Gardeners 26,700 83,000
Accounting Clerks 23,100 144,100
Handypersons 23,100 46,700
General Clerks 23,000 311,200
Civil Engineering Professionals 20,800 53,000
Wall and Floor Tilers 19,300 20,700
Bricklayers and Stonemasons 19,100 24,100
Office Managers 17,600 115,900
Truck Drivers 17,000 160,500
Insulation and Home Improvement Installers 16,000 22,600

Around one in three workers, though, do not possess any post-school qualifications and 15% of the workforce are Labourers, which suggests there are some good entry level opportunities. Around one in three employers may not formally advertise when recruiting. Rather, employers in the Construction industry may rely on word of mouth or more informal recruitment methods (such as advertising on social media).

This industry offers plenty of opportunities for self-employment, and more than one in three workers report being their own boss.

The Construction workforce is predominantly male and has the lowest percentage of female employment of any industry (14%).

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.