Lead­ing the way

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Careers In Construction -

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.

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