This image shows that there were 885,500 people employed in Manufacturing as at November 2017, down 4.5% since November 2016 and 6.2% since November 2012. Employment is projected to grow by 4.2% over the five years to May 2022.
30% of jobs are regional (down 1 percentage point over 5 years).
27% of workers are female (up 2 percentage points over 5 years).
61% 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 43 years (up 1 year over 5 years).

Top 5 Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Occupation This Industry All Industries
Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 45,200 79,900
Production Managers 34,500 52,400
Metal Fitters and Machinists 28,300 108,600
Packers 28,200 62,500
Food and Drink Factory Workers 25,800 29,600

Employment, Manufacturing (‘000)

This line chart shows the number of people employed in the Manufacturing industry over the period from November 1997 to November 2017. The chart shows employment fallen steadily over this period to 885,500 in November 2017.

Quick fact
More than one third of Manufacturing workers were born overseas

Manufacturing employment fell over the past five years, continuing a long term decline. Nonetheless, this industry continues to employ a significant number of Australians and there have been new jobs created in some sectors such as Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (up by 31,000), Wood Product Manufacturing (10,200) and Food Product Manufacturing (9,600).

Holding a certificate III or higher vocational qualification is common in this industry, and there are opportunities to undertake training (with 23,700 apprentices and trainees employed in this industry in 2017).

Manufacturing employment is projected to fall over the five years to May 2022 (down by 4.2%).

Educational attainment, Manufacturing (%)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Manufacturing industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 18%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 38%. Other qualification 5%. No post-school qualification 39%.

Age profile, Manufacturing (%)

Shows the age profile of the Manufacturing workforce. 11% aged 15 to 24 years. 20% aged 25 to 34 years. 24% aged 35 to 44 years. 25% aged 45 to 54 years. 20% 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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