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

    • $910 Weekly Pay
    • 7,600 workers Employment Size
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 77.1% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43.2 hours Average full-time
    • 45 years Average age
    • 2.9% female Gender Share

    The number of Fencers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow moderately over the next 5 years:
    from 7,600 in 2017 to 8,100 by 2022.
    There are likely to be around 8,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
    • Location: Fencers work in most regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (77.1%, higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 2.9% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200712800
    20089600
    200912000
    201011900
    201113500
    201210700
    201310400
    20148300
    20156400
    20168000
    20177600
    20228100

    Weekly Earnings

    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

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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)
    Construction87.6
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing8.9
    Wholesale Trade1.7
    Retail Trade1.3
    Other Industries0.5

    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 2017, 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
    NSW24.431.6
    VIC29.526.2
    QLD19.019.7
    SA8.96.7
    WA15.410.8
    TAS1.92.0
    NT0.91.1
    ACT0.01.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
    15-194.5-5.25.2
    20-2413.8-9.99.9
    25-3415.1-23.623.6
    35-4417.3-21.721.7
    45-5431.1-20.820.8
    55-593.8-8.88.8
    60-6410.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.9-4.04.0

    Education Level

    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.
    Around one in four workers have a Certificate III/IV. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    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

    These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

    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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    The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-4031.00 - Fence Erectors.

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