The number of people working as Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers (in their main job) grew moderately the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 78,900 in 2018 to 82,700 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 47,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 9,400 a year).
- Size: This is a very large occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
- Location: Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
- Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Mining.
- Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,541 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, much higher than the average of 66%).
- Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
- Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
- Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).
The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers.