Labourers (Building and Plumbing)
Building and Plumbing Labourers perform the manual labour associated with buildings and water drainage and pipe systems. They may have to prepare sites before building by clearing and levelling the ground and working for long hours in the outdoors.
- Starting salary: $39,000 P/A Senior salary: $75,000 P/A Average salary: $50,250 P/A Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer Employment level: 46,100 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 51,900)
Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for a full time Labourer (Building and Plumbing) is 40.2 hours.
Employment by region:
The top three regions for employment as a Labourer (Building and Plumbing) include:
- NSW: 31.2%
- QLD: 23.7%
- VIC: 20.4%
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Employment for Labourers (Building and Plumbing) has declined by -19.6% over the past 5 years, however is expected to grow strongly through 2017.
Total employment growth over the past 5 years for male and female, employed part-time and full-time has declined by -10,700
Gender (including full time and part time)
The percentage of males and females working full time and part time are:
- Male Full Time: 84.1%
- Male Part Time: 15.4%
- Female Full Time: 0.2%
- Female Part Time: 0.4%
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- Assemble and take down structures to assist in the safe building and maintenance of work such as scaffolds
- Carry out a variety of tasks associated with the proper preparation, assembling and building of structures
- Effectively operate a variety of machines including concrete mixers to pour groundwork
- Install and repair pipes, valves and water systems including toilets, sinks, showers, etc.
- Level ground, dig holes and remove unwanted soil, rocks and other materials from building sites
- Provide maintenance on storm drains and sewage structures
- Transport and organise building tools, equipment and construction materials to and from work site
- Attention to Detail and Able to Follow Instructions
- Communication Skills
- Organisation Skills
- Physical Fitness and Manual Agility
- Time Management
Building and Plumbing Labourers typically work varied schedules according to building needs and schedules or repairs needed. They may need to work late evening or early morning hours if construction is needed in highly populated areas. They are required to do heavy lifting and manual labour and should be able to withstand hot and sometimes uncomfortable working conditions.
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