Top 5 Technicians and Trades Worker Occupations
|Carpenters and Joiners||131,900|
|Metal Fitters and Machinists||108,600|
Technicians and Trades Workers perform a variety of skilled tasks, applying technical, trade or industry specific knowledge in construction, manufacturing, scientific, engineering and other activities. Almost 1.8 million Australians work as Technicians and Trades Workers. Around 110,700 new jobs were created over the past five years, with a significant number added for Construction Trades Workers (up 57,900).
While the number of vacancies advertised on the Internet for these workers rose by 31% over the past five years, it remains well below the peak recorded in 2008. Vacancies, though, are advertised in a variety of ways other than online and many are filled through word of mouth.
Around 64% of these workers hold a certificate III or higher vocational qualification. Apprenticeships and traineeships provide a key training pathway for many occupations in this group. There were 268,600 apprentices and trainees in-training in 2017. This number has almost halved over the past five years, limiting the potential new supply of skilled workers. Persistent shortages exist in a number of trades occupations, reflecting a range of factors including low training numbers and high wastage (that is, people leaving their occupation).
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Almost one quarter of Technicians and Trades Workers are self-employed
Young people (aged 15 to 24 years) account for 16% of those employed, with many being apprentices or trainees.
Full-time work is common in this group and most are male. Some occupations, however, have high shares of female workers, such as Veterinary Nurses (95%) and Hairdressers (84%).
The tasks performed in this group are diverse. Some are routine, manual tasks which may be susceptible to automation, although many occupations involve non-routine or unpredictable duties which are more difficult to automate. Technicians and Trades Workers employment is projected to grow by 4.8% over the five years to May 2022, although there is marked disparity between occupation subgroups. Above average growth is projected for Food Trades Workers (up by 10.2%) and Engineering, ICT and Science Technicians (9.5%).
Employment by occupation subgroup, Technicians and Trades Workers
|Employment||Employment Profile||Workforce Educational Profile||Projected Employment|
|Employ’t Nov 2017||5 year change
to Nov 2017
|Part-time||Female||Aged 15 to 24 years||Aged 55 years or older||Bachelor degree or higher||Cert III or higher VET qual||No post-school qual||5 year change to May 2022|
|Engineering, ICT and Science Technicians||247.7||5.7||2.4||15||23||8||18||27||49||18||9.5|
|Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers||370.7||11.4||3.2||6||1||16||17||2||78||17||-2.3|
|Construction Trades Workers||403.7||57.9||16.8||10||1||21||14||2||67||27||5.8|
|Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades Workers||238.6||10.8||4.8||10||2||19||14||5||75||18||5.5|
|Food Trades Workers||187.6||23.5||14.3||27||31||17||12||10||53||32||10.2|
|Skilled Animal and Horticultural Workers||135.8||9.7||7.7||30||27||16||20||8||46||38||9.5|
|Other Technicians and Trades Workers||195.3||5.8||3.1||27||44||16||18||8||63||24||0.0|
|All Technicians and Trades Workers1||1,773.4||110.7||6.7||15||14||16||16||8||64||23||4.8|
1. Some data are trend and, for these, totals do not add
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Census of Population and Housing; ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupation Employment Projections; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Internet Vacancy Index; NCVER, Apprentices and Trainees
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