overview

Construction is the third-largest employer in Australia, accounting for around one in ten jobs. It’s also one of the fastest-growing sectors in terms of employment demand, with many more vacancies than qualified candidates. According to Master Builders Australia, some 300,000 new and skilled workers will be needed over the next five years. This makes construction not only a good sector to be in if you’re qualified, but also a good one to get into through apprenticeships, graduate training and other entry routes. 

The openings on offer include a range of professional roles in areas such as contract administration, site management and construction project management. The latter is notable in being consistently one of the most in-demand roles within the economy as a whole, with pay to match.

Following a dip in the wake of the pandemic in 2020, the construction industry rebounded in 2021. The next three years will see an annual growth of 3.4%, supported by the Government’s investment in rail and road infrastructure, as well as various home building initiatives. A cut in approval times for infrastructure projects will see the sector prosper.
Construction is Australia’s most male-dominated industry - only one in eight workers is female. But this is changing. Industry bodies are keen to attract more women to broaden the talent pool and help bridge the skills gaps.

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in-demand skills & qualifications for site supervisor/foreman

in-demand skills & qualifications for estimator

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in-demand skills & qualifications for contract administrator

in-demand skills & qualifications for project manager

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