Australia’s building boom is no secret and as the latest figures show employment in the industry has reached yet another high. Over the last four years, the construction sector has seen 156,000 employees added to its headcount.1 No mean feat when you compare this to other industries.
In fact, the data suggests that our biggest gains were seen in the civil and heavy construction industry, where employment rose by 44% or 26,800 jobs.2
What is driving this growth, you ask?
While the civil and construction industry maintains strong growth, the demand for tradies is consequently skyrocketing. Yet, we are coming up short across the board trying to meet these skill demands.
Across Australia, an estimated 84% of residential construction sites are reporting trade shortages in skills such as bricklaying, ceramic tiling, plastering, carpentry, landscaping, roofing, site preparation, joinery, painting and plumbing. 7
The Jobs Report, recruitment outfit Hays has found Australia’s most in-demand trade jobs are:
Carpenters: across a range of projects
Formwork carpenters: on Tier1 commercial projects and residential and infrastructure projects
Civil operators: QLD is the hotspot for these guys where civil projects are coming online
Pipelayers: on civil projects
General mobile plant operators: Let’s be honest these guys are always needed!
Skid Steer operators: Demand for trades with experience in, house pad preparation
Cabinetmakers and Joiner: All multi-story developments at fit-out stage are looking for carpentry pros
We could not summarise it better than Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders when she says “Recent jobs vacancy data shows the number of good, secure jobs continues to increase in the building and construction industry and we need more young people, their parents and teachers to give vocational education greater consideration.”
A career path through the building and construction industry is certainly a promising one.
What are you waiting for?