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

  • $939 Weekly Pay
  • 46,900 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 62.3% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 39.3 hours Average full-time
  • 50 years Average age
  • 4.5% female Gender Share

The number of Handypersons grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 46,900 in 2017 to 55,400 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 55,000 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 large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Handypersons work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Administrative and Support Services; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (62.3%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 39.3 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (62.4%).
  • Gender: 4.5% 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
200739200
200840700
200942700
201042600
201142300
201240200
201344400
201438700
201536900
201639800
201746900
202255400

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.
EarningsHandypersonsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings9391230

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)
Construction52.0
Administrative and Support Services12.5
Health Care and Social Assistance9.3
Accommodation and Food Services7.2
Other Industries19.0

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.
StateHandypersonsAll Jobs Average
NSW30.631.6
VIC25.726.2
QLD19.319.7
SA8.36.7
WA11.910.8
TAS1.82.0
NT1.01.1
ACT1.31.8

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 BracketHandypersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.2-5.25.2
20-244.1-9.99.9
25-3410.3-23.623.6
35-4421.0-21.721.7
45-5431.3-20.820.8
55-5910.6-8.88.8
60-649.8-6.06.0
65 and Over10.7-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

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

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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  • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Activities

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

  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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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-3014.00 - Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons.

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