The number of Bricklayers and Stonemasons grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
from 30,000 in 2018 to 29,300 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 13,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,600 a year).
- Size: This is a large occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
- Location: Bricklayers and Stonemasons work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Western Australia.
- Industries: Most work in Construction; Manufacturing; and Administrative and Support Services.
- Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,200 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- Full-time: Most work full-time (86.2%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
- Hours: Full-time workers spend around 36.5 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
- Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
- Gender: 0.3% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).
In 2016, employers had difficulty recruiting Stonemasons who meet their skill requirements in most states and territories (except for Queensland and Western Australia).
In 2016, employers in most locations (except for Western Australia and the Northern Territory) found it hard to fill vacancies for Bricklayers. To find out more, view the Department of Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.