Fencers erect and repair fences and gates.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Around one in four workers have a Certificate III/IV. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

Tasks

  • laying out fence lines and marking positions for post holes
  • lifting and positioning fence posts in holes and securing posts with concrete, stone fill and soil
  • forming fence frames
  • constructing and attaching gates to fences
  • stretching materials between fence posts
  • constructing wooden paling, fibre-cement and metal fences
  • repairing and demolishing existing fences

Job Titles

  • Fencer or Fence Erector

    Fast Facts

    • Avg. Weekly Pay

      $910 Before Tax
    • Future Growth

      stable
    • Skill Level

      Certificate II or III
    • Employment Size

      7,000
    • Unemployment

      below average
    • Male Share

      96.6%
    • Female Share

      3.4%
    • Full-Time Share

      77.2%

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    This is a small occupation employing 7000 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.
    Little change in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

    • Fencers work in most parts of Australia.
    • They mainly work in: Construction; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Full-time work is common. Full-time workers, on average, work 42.3 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
    • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $910 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • The average age is 41 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Around 2 in 10 workers are young (aged 15 to 25 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
    • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
    • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20059100
    200611300
    200711100
    200810600
    200912400
    201012000
    201114500
    201210000
    20138100
    20147500
    20157000
    20206800

    Weekly Earnings

    Full-time Earnings

    All Jobs Average

    Weekly Earnings (before tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsFencersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings9101230

    Hours

    Weekly Hours Worked

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryFencersAll Jobs Average
    Full-time77.268.4
    Part-time22.831.6
    Average Weekly Hours (full-time)42.340.0

    Main Industries

    Top Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Construction86.0
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6.6
    Wholesale Trade3.0
    Public Administration and Safety2.0
    Other Industries2.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateFencersAll Jobs Average
    NSW38.731.8
    VIC16.725.5
    QLD19.619.8
    SA14.86.8
    WA7.211.2
    TAS1.12.0
    NT1.41.1
    ACT0.51.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketFencersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-194.7-5.45.4
    20-2417.5-9.99.9
    25-3420.3-23.423.4
    35-4411.7-21.721.7
    45-5417.1-21.121.1
    55-5912.9-8.78.7
    60-6413.7-5.95.9
    65 and Over2.0-3.83.8

    Gender

    Male Share

    Female Share

    Gender (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryFencersCategoryAll Jobs Average
    Males96.6Males53.6
    Females3.4Females46.4

    Education Level

    Top Education Levels

    Highest Level of Education (% share)

    No data is available for the selected graph for this Occupation.

    A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job.
    Around one in four workers have a Certificate III/IV. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

    If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
    The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

    It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

    Employers look for Fencers who are reliable, physically fit and are hardworking.

    Knowledge

    The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Building and Construction

      67% Important

      Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      54% Important

      Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Sales and Marketing

      48% Important

      Showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    4. Administration and Management

      48% Important

      Planning and coordination of people and resources.

    5. English Language

      47% Important

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Activities

    The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Performing General Physical Activities

      85% Important

      Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

    2. Handling and Moving Objects

      83% Important

      Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

    3. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

      83% Important

      Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

    4. Controlling Machines and Processes

      73% Important

      Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

    5. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

      71% Important

      Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

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