Handypersons clean, paint, repair and maintain buildings, grounds and facilities.

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job. Around one in three workers have a Certificate III or IV.

Tasks

  • repairing broken windows, screens, doors, fences, barbecues, picnic tables, shelves, cupboards and other items
  • replacing defective items such as light bulbs
  • repairing and painting interior and exterior surfaces such as walls, ceilings and fences
  • clearing rubbish and leaves from driveways and grounds
  • mowing lawns and cultivating gardens
  • adjusting doors and windows
  • replacing tap washers
  • putting up handrails and grab rails

Job Titles

  • Handyperson
  • Handyperson

    Specialisations: Hotel Yardperson

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $939 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    High School or Certificate I
  • Employment Size

    40,400
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    95.2%
  • Female Share

    4.8%
  • Full-Time Share

    63.5%

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This is a large occupation employing 40,400 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 25,001 and 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Handypersons work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Construction; Administrative and Support Services; and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • Full-time work is fairly common. Full-time workers, on average, work 36.8 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $939 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 workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 52 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 7 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the 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
200535300
200642100
200741000
200842500
200943200
201038800
201143000
201243800
201341600
201436300
201540400
202038800

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.
EarningsHandypersonsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings9391230

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.
CategoryHandypersonsAll Jobs Average
Full-time63.568.4
Part-time36.531.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)36.840.0

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)
Construction47.6
Administrative and Support Services9.3
Accommodation and Food Services9.0
Health Care and Social Assistance7.3
Other Industries26.8

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.
StateHandypersonsAll Jobs Average
NSW32.431.8
VIC28.025.5
QLD16.819.8
SA7.46.8
WA10.211.2
TAS2.62.0
NT2.01.1
ACT0.71.8

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 BracketHandypersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.9-5.45.4
20-241.9-9.99.9
25-3410.4-23.423.4
35-4415.2-21.721.7
45-5436.2-21.121.1
55-5915.8-8.78.7
60-649.1-5.95.9
65 and Over10.6-3.83.8

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.
CategoryHandypersonsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males95.2Males53.6
Females4.8Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationHandypersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.4-8.68.6
Bachelor degree8.2-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.7-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV36.4-18.918.9
Year 1214.7-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1023.1-17.717.7
Below Year 108.4-8.18.1

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.
Around one in three workers have a Certificate III or IV.

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 Handypersons who work well in a team, are well presented and reliable.

Knowledge

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

  1. Building and Construction

    63% Important

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

  2. English Language

    62% Important

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

  3. Administration and Management

    45% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  4. Public Safety and Security

    44% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  5. Mathematics

    44% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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Activities

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

  1. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    80% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  2. Performing General Physical Activities

    75% Important

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

  3. Handling and Moving Objects

    71% Important

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

  4. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    71% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  5. Getting Information

    68% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

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