Australia never seems to have enough tradesman and it remains one of the most popular occupations in the wanted adds.
“Employers can’t get enough of them and the self-employment prospects fantastic with niche opportunities across virtually all trades.” – Chris McDonald, Indeed.
With a growing population, thriving economy and fewer local graduates qualifying in trades Australia is now desperately seeking tradies to fill gaps.
The Australian government has long since identified the problem shortages in Plumbers, Electricians, Mechanics and Carpenters have created and as such the country’s skills shortage list has never (and is unlikely to be ever) short of trade occupations.
The trusted job porthole Indeed did some research to find out just how big the problem of the hard-to come-by-tradieis. Indeed looked at the percentage of national job posts for tradespeople that have remained open for 60 days or more. The list included all trades but jobs for cabinet makers, welders, plasterers and brick layers and metal fabricators seemed the hardest to fill.
They also discovered that three times more jobs were posted for plumbers, cabinet makers and auto mechanics than there are talent available to fill those jobs. It is so bad in fact that in New South Wales businesses are reporting they manage to fill only 60% of vacancies for general electricians.
The state Department of Employment says almost 60% of businesses it surveyed failed to attract suitable applicants for mechanics, bricklayers and plumbers.
Electrician: $74,401 (average) – $145,000 (upper range)
Cabinet maker: $67,720 (average) – $105,000 (upper range)
Bricklayer: $65,665 (average) – $133,300 (upper range)
Welder: $61,012 (average) – $118,00 (upper range)
“We all require skilled tradies to get things done around the house or in a commercial context and we want it yesterday, but the reality is there are simply not enough to meet demand,” says Chris McDonald, Indeed’s managing director Australia-New Zealand.
“Any young person thinking seriously about their career choices needs to know that tradespeople are in hot demand and will be well into the future.
“Employers can’t get enough of them and the self-employment prospects fantastic with niche opportunities across virtually all trades.”
And it seems that being a tradie is nothing to scoff at! In fact plumbers and electricians top Australia’s tradie rich list!
According the newest research, the average hourly rate charged by plumbers across Australia is $85.57, while sparkies (electricians) charge $77.59 per hour for their services.
What Tradesmen charge per hour in Australia:
Source: Business Insider Australia, serviceseeking.com.au, news.co.au