SEEK Report Says Tradies And Services Workers Are In High Demand

Tradies are not only well-paid, it seems, but also spoiled for choice, at least according to data released by the employment marketplace SEEK, which shows a massive increase in tradie job listing in the past five years; it would seem neither an electrician in Wynnum or a builder in Queensland would have to worry about finding work.

The data from the site shows that the number of job listings for the trades and services category increased by a whopping 54.1% between 2013 and 2017, which clocks in an average growth of about 10% (10.82%) annually for the past 5 years, even taking into account industry growth and staff turnover.

Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand Michael Ilczynski says that the trades that offered the most work during those five years were automotive trades, clocking a total growth of 41.6% across Australia.

The trades with the second and third most jobs are labourer and electrician, which is good news for an electrician in Wynnum or in anywhere else in the country, as it shows they are in high demand. For the labourer trade, though, the improvement over the past 5 years is massive, with a growth of 117.5%, compared to electrician, which sat at a mere 19.7% growth.

According to Ilczynski, the average salary for trades and services listings sat at $63,681 in 2017, which is a 2% increase from 2016.

Additionally, SEEK’s data shows that trades and services workers are the second largest category, behind information and communication technology.

Another report, this one from Skilling Australia Foundation reinforces SEEK’s data, showing a strong demand for vocational workers, with shortages in skilled workers for technician and tradesmen. In the time period of 2015-2016, 37% of all job listings in this category was left unfilled.

In particular, building professionals, chefs, construction workers and mechanics were hard to find.

Nicholas Wyman, Skilling Australia Foundation’s Chief Executive, says that this shortage is due to vocational study being seen as inferior; less respectable than attending a university. He says that, despite this prejudice, there is a number of respectable, upwardly mobile vocational careers that pay well.