Fol­low the money into a trade. Me­lanie Burgess re­ports

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - News & Advice -

TRADIE salaries have in­creased by as much as 27 per cent in the past five years as skill gaps widen in high-de­mand fields.

An anal­y­sis of SEEK job ad­ver­tise­ments re­veals the av­er­age salary for car­pen­ter and joiner roles is now $68,296 – 27.4 per cent higher than in 2013.

Other trades av­er­ag­ing sig­nif­i­cantly higher salaries are chefs, up 13.9 per cent ($61,204), hor­ti­cul­tural trades work­ers, up 13.6 per cent ($56,083), plumbers, up 12.5 per cent ($68,655), glaziers, plas­ter­ers and tilers, up 8.7 per cent ($65,056), and mo­tor me­chan­ics, up 5.1 per cent ($63,130). Av­er­age five-year growth for the in­dus­try was 2.6 per cent.

Adrian Fa­dini, coach at tradie busi­ness com­mu­nity Tradie­matepro and for­mer plumber, says many trades­peo­ple fur­ther in­crease their pay pack­ets by com­bin­ing their prac­ti­cal skills with busi­ness know-how.

“Years ago, peo­ple went into trades be­cause they didn’t do well at school and needed an ap­pren­tice­ship but now it’s be­com­ing the ca­reer for wealth, se­cu­rity and life­style,” he says. “Tradies can earn more than doc­tors and ac­coun­tants, with many able to launch their own busi­ness, join the lu­cra­tive speak­ing cir­cuit, coach other busi­nesses or walk into oper­a­tions and man­age­ment roles.

“There is a stigma in trades, with a lot of the is­sues com­ing from par­ents. The ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem is geared to­wards aca­demic stu­dents, which is not for ev­ery­one. Peo­ple can be highly in­tel­li­gent and not aca­demic.”

Fa­dini says there is a na­tional short­age of trained work­ers right across the build­ing in­dus­try so it is a good time to start on a vo­ca­tional ca­reer path.

“There has lit­er­ally never been a bet­ter time to en­ter into the trades,” he says. “Aus­tralia is scream­ing for elec­tri­cians, plumbers, roofers and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. These are not fall­back jobs, these are vi­able ca­reer paths.”

SEEK job ad data for June also re­veals in­creased de­mand for trades and ser­vices work­ers, with the num­ber of new job list­ings up 12 per cent year on year.

Over­all, job ads in­creased 8.3 per cent in the year to June.

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