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Average annual employment in the construction industry has been increasing since 2000-01 and in 2003-04 employed an average of 769,700 persons. This includes employees, employers and own-account workers. This was 8% higher than average employment in 2002-03 and 12% higher than in 1999-2000. Although the number of employers and own account workers has only increased slightly since 2002-03, the number of employees has increased by 11%.

The majority of those employed in the construction industry were employed in construction trade services (68%) (table 19.3). Construction trade services include those engaged in services such as earthmoving, concreting, bricklaying, roofing, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, glazing and landscaping. Average annual employment in construction trade services has continued to increase since 2000-01, with 525,400 persons employed in 2003-04. Employment in general construction, which includes the construction of houses, buildings and structures, is more volatile. In 2003-04 average annual employment increased by 5% to 244,300 persons after a decrease in 2002-03.

19.3 CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY EMPLOYMENT(a)

1999-2000
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
Employment status
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000

General construction(a)
Employee
187.6
180.7
199.5
180.7
194.5
Employer
11.7
11.5
11.3
6.9
10.9
Own account worker(b)
44.0
42.5
48.0
44.7
38.2
Total(c)
246.2
237.4
259.9
233.4
244.3
Construction trade services
Employee
270.9
245.9
249.8
281.4
316.5
Employer
37.2
34.7
34.4
37.7
35.9
Own account worker(b)
128.3
145.9
145.0
159.8
169.7
Total
440.9
431.3
432.6
481.9
525.4
Total construction(d)
Employee
458.6
426.6
449.3
462.1
510.9
Employer
48.9
46.2
45.7
44.5
46.8
Own account worker(b)
172.3
188.4
192.9
204.5
207.8
Total
687.1
667.7
692.5
715.3
769.7

(a) Annual average of quarterly data.
(b) A worker that hires no employees (this category was formerly titled Self employed).
(c) Total includes contributing family worker.
(d) Includes categories General construction and Construction trade services.

Source: Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery (6291.0.55.001).


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