New Heights – Employment in the Construction Sector

Employment in the Construction Sector Reaches Another Record


The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that the number of people with employment in the construction sector in Australia has reached new heights. Data shows that in November 2017 across Australia that 1.165 million people were employed in the construction sector. This is up 101,200 compared to that of the same time in 2016.


In Victoria, 34,500 people were added to the headcount of construction workers. That’s an increase of 13.5 per cent which is the second highest across the nation.


Across Australia, the construction services sector (architecture, engineering etc.) added 79,100 people or 11.5 per cent of it’s workforce, whilst the building construction sector added 32,800 or 12.1 per cent.


These figures come amid ongoing evidence of demand for construction workers.


In trades, recruiters Hays reports healthy levels of demand for carpenters, plumbers, electricians, production workers, painters, welders, excavation operators, stormwater pipelayers and HC Tipper drivers.


For building and construction professionals, Hays says there is demand for architects, engineers, forepersons, contract administrators and construction project managers.


At A Glance – Australia’s Construction Workforce


  • As at November 2017, the construction sector in Australia employed 1.163 million people (1.165 after seasonal adjustments) – up from 1.063 million in November 2016.
  • Around 769,000 workers are employed in construction services, followed by 303,400 in building construction and 87,900 in heavy and civil engineering construction. A further 2,200 were not classified.
  • 994,100 construction workers were employed full time whilst 169,00 were employed part time.


Sources: Sourceable, Hays Job Report



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