The number of people working as Metal Fitters and Machinists (in their main job) is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
from 111,500 in 2018 to 113,800 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 17,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 3,400 a year).
- Size: This is a very large occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
- Location: Metal Fitters and Machinists work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
- Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Mining; and Other Services.
- Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,062 per week (very high compared to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
- Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
- Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
- Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).
Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Metal Fitters and Machinists in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Metal Fitters and Machinists.