The number of Hairdressers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 66,700 in 2018 to 68,900 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 31,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 6,200 a year).
- Size: This is a very large occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
- Location: Hairdressers work in most regions of Australia.
- Industries: Most work in the Other Services industry.
- Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $800 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- Full-time: More than half work full-time (56.7%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
- Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38.4 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
- Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (25.6%).
- Gender: 83.9% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).
There have been shortages of Hairdressers for a number of years. In 2016, employers in most locations found it hard to fill vacancies for Hairdressers. Employers generally required applicants to have completed an apprenticeship and have experience in all aspects of hairdressing. To find out more, view the Department of Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.