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Building and Plumbing Labourers

Job Prospects

Data on Job Outlook are updated on a yearly basis and are compiled from national statistics which may not reflect either regional variations or more recent changes in employment conditions.

  • Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Building and Plumbing Labourers is expected to be high (greater than 50,000). Job openings count both employment growth and turnover (defined as workers leaving their occupation for other employment or leaving the workforce). Further information about job openings and projected employment growth is available on the Help page.
  • Employment for this occupation remained relatively steady in the past five years and rose slightly in the long-term (ten years). Looking forward, employment for Building and Plumbing Labourers to November 2020 is expected to remain relatively steady.
  • This is a very large occupation (54,700 in November 2015) suggesting that opportunities should be available in most regions.
  • Building and Plumbing Labourers have an above average proportion of full-time jobs (82.9 per cent). For Building and Plumbing Labourers working full-time, average weekly hours are 41.5 (compared to 40.2 for all occupations) and earnings are average - in the sixth decile. Unemployment for Building and Plumbing Labourers is above average.
  • The most common level of educational attainment for Building and Plumbing Labourers is Years 11 and 10 (32.0 per cent).
  • Building and Plumbing Labourers are mainly employed in: Construction; Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and Public Administration and Safety.

Key Indicators

Key Indicators graph - see table below for a summary

This table shows how this occupation compares with other occupations on 9 key measures: employment size; full-time share of employment; earnings; unemployment; employment growth over the past 2, 5 and 10 years; future growth (projected growth rate over 5 years); and future job openings (estimated number of vacancies due to employment growth and turnover). The Future Growth indicator is based on growth in percentage terms, while the Future Job Openings indicator is based on an estimated number of vacancies. A small occupation with a strong Future Growth score may have a weak Job Openings score, while a large occupation with a weak Future Growth score may have a strong Job Openings score, as even a small percentage change can result in a relatively large number of new jobs.

How many workers are employed in this occupation?54,7009
How many work full-time (% share)?82.96
What are the weekly earnings for full-time workers ($ before tax)?12006
How does unemployment compare with other occupations?above average8
What has been the long-term employment growth - 10 years (%)?12.45
What has been the medium-term employment growth - 5 years (%)?-1.25
What has been the short-term employment growth - 2 years (%)?8.67
What will be the likely future employment growth for the next five years?relatively steady3
What will be the level of future job openings?high10

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