Construction & Trade


Construction is a large employment industry. Around 8.7% of workers have their main job in this industry.

Businesses in this industry are mainly involved in activities like:

  • demolition, clearing, and site preparation
  • residential and non-residential building
  • heavy and civil engineering construction
  • other construction services.

Many workers complete Vocational and Education Training through apprenticeships or traineeships. Most people with their main job in this industry work full-time.

Average earnings are $1,305 per week, higher than all industries’ average of $1,200.

Employment in the Construction industry grew over the 20 years to May 2022.

The number of workers:

  • grew by 12,500 (or 1.1%) over the last quarter
  • grew by 19,900 (or 1.7%) over the last year.

Source: ABS, Labour Force Survey, Detailed, November 2021, seasonally adjusted and National Skills Commission, 2021 Employment projections for the five years to 2026.

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