The number of people working as Midwives (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 19,900 in 2018 to 23,200 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 10,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,000 a year).
- Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
- Location: Midwives work in many regions of Australia.
- Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
- Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,204 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- Full-time: Less than half work full-time (39%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
- Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
- Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (52%).
- Gender: 98% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).
Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Midwives in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Midwives.