Between 1985-86 and 2005-06 hours worked growth averaged 3.0% per year (figure 7.3) with significant increases in the periods leading up to 1989-90 and 1999-00. These changes occurred in employment rather than in average hours worked. Growth in the late 1980s coincides with the property speculation boom. Growth in the late 1990s relates to building work being completed prior to the introduction of the GST.
Much of the employment growth over the 1990s came from construction trade services while non-building construction employment declined slightly (figure 7.5). The construction trade services' employment share increased from 59% in 1985-86 to 68% in 2005-06. Over the same period, building construction's employment share declined from 29% to 25%, with non-building construction falling from 12% to 7%.
7.5 Construction Employment