Printing Assistants and Table Workers perform routine printing tasks, operate bindery machines and perform manual binding and finishing of books and printed products.

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

Tasks

  • assisting with setting up, operating and adjusting machines
  • maintaining and lubricating printing and bindery machines
  • clearing waste and cleaning work areas and machines
  • folding, collating and fastening printed products by machine and hand
  • performing hand binding and finishing operations
  • operating specialised machines such as casing-in and mini binders, and automatic carton folding and gluing machines
  • carrying out routine quality control

Job Titles

  • Printer's Assistant
  • Printing Table Worker
  • Printer's Assistant

    Performs routine tasks in the production of printed materials.

  • Printing Table Worker (also called, Printing Bindery Assistant or Printing Table Hand)

    Operates bindery machines and performs manual binding and finishing of books and printed products.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    2,900
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    52.4%
  • Female Share

    47.6%
  • Full-Time Share

    72.7%

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This is a very small occupation employing 2900 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, South Australia has a large share of Printing Assistants and Table Workers.
  • They mainly work in: Manufacturing; Retail Trade; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time work is common. Full-time workers, on average, work 37.5 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The average age is 42 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Around 3 in 10 workers are young (aged 15 to 25 years).
  • Around 5 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above 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
20058100
20067200
20075900
20088000
20095700
20106700
20114800
20125700
20134600
20144400
20152900
20201900

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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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.
CategoryPrinting Assistants and Table WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-time72.768.4
Part-time27.331.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)37.540.0

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)
Manufacturing61.4
Retail Trade9.9
Wholesale Trade9.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8.0
Other Industries10.9

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.
StatePrinting Assistants and Table WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW32.131.8
VIC24.325.5
QLD6.919.8
SA21.36.8
WA13.211.2
TAS0.02.0
NT0.01.1
ACT2.21.8

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 BracketPrinting Assistants and Table WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.45.4
20-2425.3-9.99.9
25-346.8-23.423.4
35-4429.2-21.721.7
45-5418.7-21.121.1
55-593.9-8.78.7
60-6412.8-5.95.9
65 and Over3.3-3.83.8

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.
CategoryPrinting Assistants and Table WorkersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males52.4Males53.6
Females47.6Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. 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 Printing Assistants and Table Workers who are reliable and work well as part of a team.

Knowledge

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

  1. Administration and Management

    70% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  2. Production and Processing

    68% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  3. Mechanical

    65% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    62% Important

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

  5. English Language

    58% 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. Controlling Machines and Processes

    86% Important

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

  2. Getting Information

    84% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

    84% Important

    Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.

  4. Handling and Moving Objects

    81% Important

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

  5. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    79% Important

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

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