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Number of employees in the construction industry Australia 2019-2024

During the first half of 2020, Australia’s construction industry was disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic. The industry had seen a steady rise in employment since 2012, with the number of employees reaching 1.18 million in 2019. In 2024, employment in the construction industry in Australia was forecasted to amount to 1.28 million people, however this value may now be affected by the current pandemic.

How important is the construction industry?

The construction industry plays a major economic role in Australia, producing around nine percent of the country’s GDP. The value of activity in this industry alone amounted to 212 billion Australian dollars in 2019. The value of private sector construction was significantly higher than the value of public sector construction. Combined, these sectors cover engineering construction work, non-residential building, and residential building. Engineering construction work, which encompasses infrastructure, was the most predominant of the three.

Job outlook

The leading occupations in the construction industry were carpenters and joiners. Roles within this industry vary greatly, with many entry level jobs not requiring a tertiary education degree. In terms of trade work, apprenticeships and traineeships were the main pathways to enter the market. While the job outlook has consistently been robust in this industry, in 2019, the labor productivity index showed a slight decline compared to the previous year. On top of this, challenges faced in 2020 could slow down growth in this industry further. In the midst of some of the country’s biggest ongoing infrastructure projects, many Australian construction companies had to restrict their output in response to measures against the coronavirus pandemic. The full economic impact of this will be seen in the coming years.

Number of employees in the construction industry in Australia from 2010 to 2019 with a projection for 2024

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Projection.

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