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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2004 (Reissue)  
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Contents >> Design >> Employment

EMPLOYMENT

Census of Population and Housing

Data on the people involved in design can be obtained from several sources. Chapter 5 provides some information on the relative advantages of each of these sources.


There were 26,737 people whose main job in August 2001 was in the Architectural services industry. The Census of Population and Housing found that over half of those in the industry worked as either Architects and landscape architects (10,787 people) or Architectural associates (4,143 people).


Advertising services employed large numbers of people in non-cultural occupations - particularly in sales. Graphic designers, generally considered to be one of the main creative activities in the industry, were less than 8% of employees.


A third of those employed in the Commercial arts and display services industry were Graphic designers (5,493 people) or Signwriters (3,395 people). The remaining employees were distributed amongst a large number of both cultural and non-cultural occupations.

15.3 PERSONS EMPLOYED IN SELECTED DESIGN INDUSTRIES(a), By Occupation - August 2001

Number
%

Architectural services
Architects and landscape architects
10 787
40.3
Architectural associates
4 143
15.5
Building and engineering associate professionals, n.f.d.
1 590
5.9
Urban and regional planners
850
3.2
Civil engineers and engineering associates
715
2.7
Interior designers
696
2.6
Other occupations
7 956
29.8
Total occupations
26 737
100.0
Advertising services
Sales representatives (Business services)
2 472
9.6
Sales and marketing managers
2 381
9.2
Advertising specialists
2 213
8.6
Graphic designers
1 928
7.5
Media producers
1 063
4.1
Leaflet and newspaper deliverers
1 031
4.0
Other occupations
14 725
57.0
Total occupations
25 813
100.0
Commercial Art and display services
Graphic designers
5 493
37.0
Signwriters
3 395
22.9
Printing tradespersons
293
2.0
Media producers
248
1.7
Designers and illustrators, n.f.d.
218
1.5
Advertising specialists
171
1.2
Other occupations
5 012
33.8
Total occupations
14 830
100.0

(a) In their main job in the week before Census Night.
ABS, Census of Population and Housing, 2001, data available on request.


Work Survey

The 2001 Survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities, which collected data on any involvement with design, found that there were 349,800 people who had worked in design activities in the 12 months to April 2001. Of these, about three-fifths (60%) received some payment for their involvement.


The most common design activities undertaken were Graphic design (131,500 people) and Advertising (109,400 people). Fashion design was the only activity where the number of females involved exceeded the number of males.

15.4 PERSONS INVOLVED IN DESIGN, By selected characteristics - 12 months ending April 2001

Males
Females
Persons
'000
'000
'000

Involvement part of a job held last week
110.2
82.5
192.8
Involvement not part of any job held last week
87.6
69.5
157.1
Annual income from design activity(a)
No payment
74.8
64.3
139.1
Less than $5,000
32.3
28.1
60.4
$5,000 to $19,999
28.3
18.4
46.7
$20,000 to 39,999
21.5
17.0
38.4
$40,000 or more
20.8
*6.5
27.3
Type of design activity undertaken(b)
Graphic design
85.1
46.4
131.5
Fashion design
*6.0
26.8
32.8
Architecture
33.2
15.3
48.5
Advertising
57.2
52.3
109.4
Other design activities
53.2
38.6
91.9
Total persons
197.8
152.0
349.8

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
(a) Excludes people who received payment-in-kind only and people who did not state the amount of payment they received.
(b) Components do not add to the total number of people undertaking design activities as some people undertook more than one type of design activity.
ABS, Survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities, April 2001, data available on request.


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