When looking for sustainable work, it’s important to consider your personal interests and skills. It may also be helpful to understand which industries currently have a high demand for labour, with demand expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
The term “in demand” means there is a greater chance of gaining employment in a particular sector because of the high demand for workers. In Australia, high demand jobs are spread across a number of different industries.
Our ‘Industries in Demand’ series highlights individual industries experiencing a high demand for labour and the types of jobs they offer. The first in our series covers the Construction Industry.
What is the Construction Industry?
The construction industry is focused on the construction, demolition, renovation, maintenance or repair of building and infrastructure. It is one of Australia’s largest industries, employing over 1.1 million people.
There are employment opportunities available at all skill and experience levels. The most common entry into this industry is through the completion of an apprenticeship or traineeship, which is reflected in the workforce’s educational attainment (almost half of workers possess a certificate III or higher VET qualification).
Around one in three workers, though, do not possess any post-school qualifications and 15% of the workforce are Labourers, which means there are some good entry level opportunities.
Is a job in the Construction Industry right for you?
A job in the Construction industry may be right for you if your interests and abilities include:
Although traditionally a male dominated industry (85.5 per cent male according to a recent survey), the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) has been established to boost the number of female workers.
In demand jobs
Construction is currently one of the highest in demand industries in Australia. The number of advertised vacancies has increased strongly since a low in March 2020, to the highest level in more than a decade. The following jobs are expected to experience strong to moderate growth over the next five years.
Major Construction across Great Western Sydney
The Sydney Metro is potentially the most significant change to Sydney’s transport infrastructure ever seen. Once complete, Sydney will have a 66km long Metro system with 31 stations.
Sydney Metro West
The metro line linking Greater Parramatta and Sydney CBDs and communities along the way, servicing the key precincts of Sydney Olympic Park, The Bays, Parramatta, Westmead and the Sydney CBD. Work began in 2020 and expected to be completed in 2030. The project is expected to create about 10,000 direct and 70,000 indirect jobs during construction.
Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport
The railway servicing the new Western Sydney International Airport and Western Sydney Aerotropolis. To open at the same time as airline passenger services start. Once the tunnelling contract is complete in late 2024, work will continue to lay tracks and fit out stations. This project is expected to support 14,000 direct new jobs.
The Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan
The Australian Government is investing $2.9 billion over ten years (to 2026) in major infrastructure upgrades across Western Sydney. The Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan involves major road and transport linkages. This investment will relieve pressure on existing infrastructure and create thousands of local jobs.
Western Sydney Airport (Nancy-Bird Walton Airport)
Construction of the new Western Sydney Airport is underway, and is expected to continue until 2026, creating a huge pipeline of work for the western Sydney region in the medium term. Construction of the 3.7-kilometre runway and rapid-exit taxiways will commence in 2022 and is expected to support more than 1,200 direct jobs.
In 2021 the NSW announced a $5 billion investment to help build new and improved facilities and local infrastructure across western and south-western Sydney creating thousands of jobs in the process.
Powerhouse museum Parramatta
Construction expected to being early this year, with more than 4,000 jobs to be created during construction including more than 300 trainees and apprentices.
Want to know more?
If you would like more information on working in Construction and/or employment opportunities available now, please contact your Employment Consultant.
Sources: joboutlook.gov.au, yourcareer.gov.au, Labour Market Information Portal, National Skills Commission, Sydney Metro, infrastructure.gov.au