Scaffolders erect and dismantle scaffolding to provide work platforms on building and industrial sites, and for temporary structures such as staging and seating.

    You can work as a Scaffolder without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in scaffolding might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Fits and bolts tubes, support braces and components to form bases and build up scaffolding.
    • Lifts and positions sections of scaffolding.
    • Erects guard rails, guy wires, ropes and clamps, laying planks and hanging safety nets.
    • Dismantles and removes scaffolding from building sites.

    All Structural Steel Construction Workers

    • $2,100 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Scaffolders

    • 8,600 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 49 hours Average full-time
    • 32 years Average age
    • 1% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Scaffolders (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 6,900 in 2011 to 8,600 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Scaffolders work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Mining; and Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (83%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 32 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    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)
    Construction80.4
    Mining7.8
    Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3.7
    Manufacturing2.2
    Other Industries5.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateScaffoldersAll Jobs Average
    NSW26.631.6
    VIC15.725.6
    QLD25.320.0
    SA4.67.0
    WA24.210.8
    TAS1.12.0
    NT1.81.0
    ACT0.71.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketScaffoldersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-193.6-5.05.0
    20-2416.0-9.39.3
    25-3439.7-22.922.9
    35-4423.1-22.022.0
    45-5412.0-21.621.6
    55-593.4-9.09.0
    60-641.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationScaffoldersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree2.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV41.0-21.121.1
    Year 1222.9-18.118.1
    Year 119.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below22.1-12.512.5

    You can work as a Scaffolder without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in scaffolding might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • construction induction card (white card)
    • high risk work licence

    Thinking about study or training?

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

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    Employers look for Structural Steel Construction Workers who are motivated and hardworking.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Building and Construction

      88% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

    2. Mechanical

      54% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    3. Mathematics

      53% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Customer and Personal Service

      47% Skill level

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

    5. Engineering and Technology

      44% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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    Demands

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

    1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      100% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

    2. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      96% Important

      How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

    3. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      96% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

    4. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      95% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    5. Exposed to High Places

      93% Important

      How often do you work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders)?

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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, 47-2221.00 - Structural Iron and Steel Workers.

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