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About this data

Construction is a large employing industry. Around 9.5% 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.

Median earnings are $1,473 per week, higher than all industries median earnings of $1,300.

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    Employment in the Construction industry grew over the 20 years to November 2023.

    The number of workers grew by 67,800 (or 5.3%) over the last year.



    Building Installation Services is the largest sector in the Construction industry, employing 305,200 workers.



    Carpenters and Joiners is the largest employing occupation in the Construction industry.

    The 10 largest employing occupations are shown below.

    Some occupations are common across a number of industries.

    Largest employing occupations

    Source: Ranked using ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2022, four-quarter average data, customised report.
    ANZSCO CodeOccupation title
    3312Carpenters and Joiners
    1331Construction Managers
    3322Painting Trades Workers
    8211Building and Plumbing Labourers
    3121Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians
    7212Earthmoving Plant Operators


    Useful links

    Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification

    The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) provides a basis for the standardised collection, analysis and dissemination of economic data on an industry basis for Australia and New Zealand. ANZSIC is a hierarchical industry classification with four levels - divisions (the broadest level), subdivisions, groups and classes (the finest level).

    There are 19 division level industries which provide a broad picture of the economy and is most suitable for the publication of summary tables in official statistics.

    The subdivision, group and class levels provide increasingly detailed dissections of these categories for the compilation of more specific and detailed statistics. The sector data is at the group level.

    For more information on the ANZSIC visit the ABS website.

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