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Skills Tasmania

Building and Construction (including Civil Construction)

Sector workforce & training profile

(updated October 2019)

The Tasmanian building and construction industry continues to experience high activity levels expected to be around $2.8 billion a year for at least the next two years.

Building and construction is a priority industry for the Government and covers a range of industry sectors and specialisations.

With significant State and Federal government and industry investment in building and construction workforce development and skills initiatives, the industry is well placed as an industry career of choice for Tasmanians.

Sector Overview

The Tasmanian building and construction industry includes the following groups: Building Construction, Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction and Construction Services.

Note: All the following information is for Tasmania unless otherwise specified. All information will be updated with further Tasmania specific data as primary research results become available.

Sector Statistics for building & construction (including civil construction)

(note: all information is for Tasmania unless otherwise specified)

Contribution to economy (2017/18)[1]

5.5%

Number of jobs in (2017/18)[2]

23,262

Median weekly earnings (in main job) [3] (Australia)

$1,280

Make up of sector by number of employees[4]

Non-employing

1-19

20-199

200+

60.7%

37.9%

1.1%

0%

[1] National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (opens a new window) ©2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (opens a new window), the population experts. https://economy.id.com.au/tasmania/value-add-by-industry?Indkey=23010&IndkeyNieir=23900

[2] National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (opens a new window) ©2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (opens a new window), the population experts. https://economy.id.com.au/tasmania/employment-by-industry?IndkeyNieir=23200&Indkey=23010

[3] Australian Bureau of Statistics: 6333.0 - Characteristics of Employment, Australia, Table 3.1, August 2018

[4] Australian Bureau of Statistics: 8165.0 - Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, June 2014 to June 2018

Job Roles in Construction

Most common job roles (2016)[5]:

  

Key information

Construction, Distribution and Production Managers

1,595

 

Bricklayers, and Carpenters and Joiners

1,585

 

Construction and Mining Labourers

1,066

 

Plumbers

825

This is a registered profession with mandatory qualification requirements

Glaziers, Plasterers and Tilers

598

 

Growth job roles 2011-2016[6]:

Miscellaneous Labourers

+57

Electronics and Telecommunications Trades Workers

+57

Fabrication Engineering Trades Workers

+51

Contract, Program and Project Administrators

+51

Truck Drivers

+48

[5] Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016.

[6] Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016.

Education and Training

Most common VET qualifications completed (2018)[7]:

Certificate III

Carpentry

130

Certificate II

Construction

95

Certificate II

Construction Pathways

90

Certificate IV

Building and Construction (Building)

60

Certificate III

Carpentry and Joinery

40

Certificate III

Plumbing

35

Certificate III

Painting and Decorating

30

Certificate III

Civil Construction Plant Operations

30

Certificate I

Construction

20

Certificate III

Wall and Ceiling Lining

15

Certificate III

Glass and Glazing

15

Certificate III

Bricklaying/Blocklaying

10

Certificate III

Civil Construction

10

[7] NCVER 2018 https://www.ncver.edu.au/research-and-statistics/data/all-data/total-vet-students-and-courses-2018-data-slicer

About the Industry

Employers of Choice (as at 2019):

2008 Fairbrother Group

2008 Hazell Bros Group

2011 Howrah Plumbing

2014 Ronald Young & Co Builders

2016 Stornoway

2017 Access Solutions

2017 BridgePro Engineering

2017 Grant Chugg Plumbing

2018 S.Group

2019 Crusader Homes

2019 XSquared Architects

Peak Industry Associations:

Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board (TBCITB)

Master Plumbers Association of Tasmania

Master Builders Tasmania

Housing Industry Association of Tasmania

Civil Contractors Federation – Tasmania

Useful Links

Labour Market Information Portal

ID Consulting

Tasmanian apprenticeships and traineeships

Endorsed Registered Training Organisations

Workforce Development Plans and Reports