The number of Bakers and Pastrycooks grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 34,900 in 2018 to 39,200 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 26,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,200 a year).
- Size: This is a large occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
- Location: Bakers and Pastrycooks work in most regions of Australia.
- Industries: They work in many industries such as Manufacturing; Retail Trade; and Accommodation and Food Services.
- Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $907 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: Many work full-time (76.9%, higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
- Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41.2 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).
- Gender: 31.2% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).
There have been shortages of Bakers and Pastrycooks for a number of years. In 2016, employers in most locations found it hard to fill vacancies for Bakers and Pastrycooks, particularly in regional areas. Employers generally preferred people who were qualified through apprenticeships. To find out more, view the Department of Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.