The number of people working as Plumbers (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 92,300 in 2018 to 102,800 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 29,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,800 a year).
- Size: This is a very large occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
- Location: Plumbers work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
- Industries: Most work in Construction; Public Administration and Safety; and Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.
- Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,894 per week (very high compared 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 (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
- Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
- Age: The average age is 33 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (24%).
- Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).
Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Plumbers in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Plumbers.