Hide and Skin Processing Workers perform routine tasks in tanning and finishing leather, hides and skins.

Specialisations: Fellmongery Worker, Hand Flesher, Tannery Worker.

You can work as a Hide and Skin Processing Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in leather production might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Prepares surface of skin prior to removal of hair or wool.
  • Reduces thickness of hide, grades and pickles until required for further treatment.
  • Applies dye to pelts using appropriate means.
  • May also finish pelts by softening, fluffing, brushing and combing.

All Other Factory Process Workers

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

Hide and Skin Processing Workers

  • 250 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 35 years Average age
  • 13% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Hide and Skin Processing Workers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 220 in 2011 to 250 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Hide and Skin Processing Workers work in New South Wales and Queensland.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Wholesale Trade; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (83%, much 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 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 13% 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)
Manufacturing82.6
Wholesale Trade10.5
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4.1
Construction1.4
Other Industries1.4

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.
StateHide and Skin Processing WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW42.031.6
VIC20.425.6
QLD28.620.0
SA6.57.0
WA2.410.8
TAS0.02.0
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 BracketHide and Skin Processing WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-196.6-5.05.0
20-2414.0-9.39.3
25-3428.4-22.922.9
35-4418.9-22.022.0
45-5416.0-21.621.6
55-5910.7-9.09.0
60-642.9-6.06.0
65 and Over2.5-4.24.2

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 QualificationHide and Skin Processing WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree0.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV14.2-21.121.1
Year 1227.9-18.118.1
Year 119.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below46.1-12.512.5

You can work as a Hide and Skin Processing Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in leather production might be helpful.

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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

    49% Skill level

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

  2. Food Production

    41% Skill level

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

  3. Mechanical

    40% Skill level

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

  4. Chemistry

    38% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  5. Production and Processing

    37% Skill level

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

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  1. Spend Time Standing

    97% Important

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  2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    96% Important

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  3. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    91% Important

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

    90% Important

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  5. Time Pressure

    88% Important

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