Footwear Factory Workers perform routine tasks in manufacturing footwear, such as basic hand cutting of shoe components, delivering materials to machines, and inspecting and finishing completed footwear.

    You can work as a Footwear Factory Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

    Tasks

    • Selects pattern and cuts material and shoe parts by machine.
    • Constructs components by machine and assembles footwear by sewing parts together.
    • Cleans and inspects shoes.

    All Other Factory Process Workers

    • $945 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Footwear Factory Workers

    • 150 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 79% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 44 years Average age
    • 45% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Footwear Factory Workers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 180 in 2011 to 150 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Footwear Factory Workers work in many parts of Australia. South Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Retail Trade; and Construction.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (79%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 45% 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)
    Manufacturing87.7
    Retail Trade5.4
    Construction2.3
    Wholesale Trade2.3
    Other Industries2.3

    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.
    StateFootwear Factory WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW34.831.6
    VIC19.925.6
    QLD3.520.0
    SA32.67.0
    WA3.510.8
    TAS5.72.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.01.9

    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 BracketFootwear Factory WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.7-5.05.0
    20-2410.9-9.39.3
    25-3412.9-22.922.9
    35-4424.5-22.022.0
    45-5427.9-21.621.6
    55-5910.2-9.09.0
    60-648.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.0-4.24.2

    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 QualificationFootwear Factory WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree0.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV10.3-21.121.1
    Year 1237.1-18.118.1
    Year 112.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below50.0-12.512.5

    You can work as a Footwear Factory Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

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    Employers look for Factory Process Workers who are reliable, can work independently and are hardworking.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Education and Training

      56% Skill level

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

    2. Production and Processing

      48% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    3. Mechanical

      45% Skill level

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

    4. English Language

      38% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    5. Public Safety and Security

      35% Skill level

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

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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, 51-6042.00 - Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders.

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    Demands

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

    1. Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions

      97% Important

      How much time do you spend making repetitive motions?

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

      96% Important

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

    3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      85% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    4. Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body

      84% Important

      How much time do you spend bending or twisting your body?

    5. Repeating Same Tasks

      81% Important

      How important is it to repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping?

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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, 51-6042.00 - Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders.

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