Leading the way
ACCORDING to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Market Statistics for 2007, the construction industry has recorded strong employment growth in recent years, and it has experienced stronger wages growth than the rest of the labour market.
Between 1994 and 2006, the number of people employed in the industry rose from 560,000 to around 900,000.
Most positions created were full time with paid leave entitlements but there was also significant growth in the number of people working as owner/ managers of unincorporated enterprises ( small businesses).
In 1994, just over 7 per cent of the total Australian workforce was employed in the construction industry. By 2006, this had grown to almost 9 per cent.
Wages have rebounded from 2001, when they were about $ 800 per week. They hit just over $ 1000 per week earlier this year.