Clothing Trades Workers prepare and cut garment patterns and fabric, and make and repair garments.

    You can work as a Clothing Trades Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • conferring with customers to determine material, styles and designs of garments
    • interpreting designs, sketches and samples to determine pattern specifications
    • cutting out master patterns
    • laying up and cutting fabric
    • pinning, basting and draping garment parts
    • sewing garments
    • fitting basted garments on customers and marking areas requiring alteration
    • sewing buttonholes, and sewing on buttons, hooks, eyes and press fasteners to finish garments
    • pressing and finishing work

    More about Clothing Trades Workers

    All Clothing Trades Workers

    All Clothing Trades Workers

    • $1,132 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 8,700 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 51% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 50 years Average age
    • 80% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Clothing Trades Workers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 8,700 in 2018 to 8,100 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be less than 1,000 job openings over 5 years.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Clothing Trades Workers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Other Services; and Retail Trade.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,132 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (51%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (65%).
    • Gender: 80% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20087700
    20099800
    201010400
    201110000
    20126900
    20139000
    20146100
    201510400
    20164200
    20178600
    20188700
    20238100

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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.
    EarningsClothing Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings11321460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing45.9
    Other Services25.5
    Retail Trade10.7
    Arts and Recreation Services3.7
    Other Industries14.2

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateClothing Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW35.631.6
    VIC28.525.6
    QLD16.620.0
    SA5.77.0
    WA9.710.8
    TAS1.92.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT1.21.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketClothing Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.9-5.05.0
    20-244.4-9.39.3
    25-3413.6-22.922.9
    35-4415.4-22.022.0
    45-5428.7-21.621.6
    55-5915.2-9.09.0
    60-6411.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over9.3-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationClothing Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree11.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV17.4-21.121.1
    Year 1221.6-18.118.1
    Year 114.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below26.1-12.512.5

    You can work as a Clothing Trades Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Textiles, Clothing & Footwear VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

    Employers look for Clothing Trades Workers who are hardworking, reliable and work well in a team.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      62% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Clerical

      46% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    3. Psychology

      44% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    4. Technical design

      42% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    5. Education and training

      41% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-6052.00 - Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers.

    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.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Being exact or accurate

      97% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    2. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

      95% Important

      Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

    3. Time pressure

      92% Important

      Work to strict deadlines.

    4. Impact of decisions

      92% Important

      Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

    5. Frequent decision making

      90% Important

      Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-6052.00 - Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers.

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