June 19, 2016 / Temp Work
Labour Hire and Trades Jobs Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide
It’s not hard to see how large the trades and construction industry is in Australia. Major cities are developing at an incredible rate and construction jobs are everywhere. The building industry alone is worth nearly 25 billion per year, not including engineering which nearly doubles the value. Australia is booming, its population is growing at approximately 1.8% annually (this compared to the USA’s 0.7%), and population is expected to grow another 4 million people by 2025.
While the industry itself is doing very well, the nature of business does come with its own share of difficulties and complications. The industry often feels its own ups and downs as there are large seasons of growth, followed by seasons of slowing down. Throughout these seasons as well there are always a number of fluctuations as any particular project goes through a number of different phases and deadlines. A company may have a high demand for construction jobs in Sydney one month, and then the next month that might drop in half. Constructing a new building is hardly a consistent activity but one that goes through the different steps of planning, laying the foundations, creating the structure and on through the rest of the steps until there is a finished product. There are a number of skilled jobs that move around; as one site is completed another is started.
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Considerable problems can often arise in balancing the work within a project as multiple trades will need to be accommodated for and deadlines need to be met. As a result, the industry works largely by contracts and subcontracts. While one development company may hold the contract for an entire project, they are hardly expected to have all of the resources and staffing on hand to complete it on their own. Contract holders often subcontract much of the work to specialty trades who then follow through with their specific task, so while they may oversee the project from a top level, they give away much of the work in pieces to other independent workers of companies. While there are some very large construction companies, often a building site will be comprised of multiple smaller companies and contractors working together to complete a job.
Workers themselves often find it better to work as contractors rather than employees as this gives them greater flexibility and allows them to take responsibility for their own. Workers can benefit from using their skills and tools to find their own work and be paid well for it. Rather than having a job that is the same every day, many trades jobs involve a great amount of variety in going from site to site. Working as a contractor often allows for greater flexibility and even better wages. Often contracts require finishing a specific task by a deadline, rather than just an hourly wage. Within this contract, workers can then have more flexibility on when they work and how fast they work. A worker may choose to finish a job in half the time and increase their hourly wage, or draw out their job and make it more comfortable and consistent. For the company offering the contract this is beneficial as well because they can pay a fixed price to have the job done to the proper standards.
Agencies are also very common in the trades. Due to the changing and inconsistent nature of the industry companies find it easier to find staff when they have a need for them rather than have their own workers who depend on consistent work and income. A contractor or subcontractor may receive a large job with a tight deadline, and being able to hire the needed staff on demand is a great asset to them, as they do not need to go through the lengthy hiring process and end up with employees that depend on them, but rather can have the amount of staff they need at the time they need them. Furthermore, agency staff help relieve pressure as an employer won’t have a list of employees depending on them for constant work. When work is in short demand, or an employer is in between jobs, they are not scrambling to find work for their employees or being over-run by wages
The flexibility that contract work and agencies allow often works to benefit both parties, as construction companies can be more agile in fluctuating with the workflow, and workers are able to negotiate a better rate of pay. Where being an employee often means a consistent amount of hours with a regular paycheck, agency workers are offered at a premium price based on the fact that they are available when needed without long term commitments. However, as work is always available, agency workers never seem to have problems getting enough work.
Construction Industry Jobs
The construction industry in total has been valued at $356 billion, and creating over 1 million jobs across 334,000 businesses. It is a massive industry, and ranges anywhere from residential projects to large buildings and roads. Currently there is a huge amount of construction jobs in Sydney and Australia, as development is booming and buildings are going up everywhere.
Within the construction industry there are a number of different jobs and sub-industries which fall into a number of different industries and occupation. For example, the construction of a building begins with planning and surveying, then moves to the excavating and laying of foundations, general construction of the structure, plumbing, drywall, finishing carpentry and so on. Each industry has its own specialty and required skills, and ends up with it’s own professionals specific to the task they are great at. Where a developer or project manager may oversee the construction of an entire project, they often stand alone in their over-arching approach as they then hire professionals who specialise in one trade within the construction industry.
Everything you need to work construction jobs
Depending on what specialty you want to work in, working in the construction industry can be fairly simple. To work on any construction site within australia everyone is required to have a Construction Induction Card (CIC)/White Card, as well as a Tax File Number (TFN). After having these, often it is beneficial to acquire an Australian Business Number (ABN) as well as this allows a worker to work for themselves rather than having to be employed directly. Much of the workforce is on a casual rate or sub-contracts under their own ABN, unless
Licensing is often required under the Home Building Act 1989 (HB Act) specific to the work being done. Anyone completing specialist work, or over $1000 worth of residential work, is required to have a license for whatever it is they are doing. The licenses available under the HB Act are
Endorsed contractor license
Workers may only complete work according to their license, unless they are supervised by someone who has the appropriate license.
The plumbing industry is highly regulated in its skillset, as workers need to be able to perform jobs up to necessary standards. This can often help to spur demand within the industry as having a higher level of qualification often brings more work. Much of the plumbing industry is made up of smaller companies, most of them being under 20 staff members, and many companies offer 24 hour services for emergencies.
Workers in this industry are currently in very high demand as there is a large amount of plumbing work available.
The electrical industry, valued at approximately $20 billion, is one of the largest specialties within the trades. The industry requires a fairly high level of technical knowledge and licensing, yet is very rewarding to the workers within it.
The great thing about being a handyman is having the ability to be almost anything. A handyman is able to make general repairs as well as take on small projects of many different types. For many individuals or companies who need odd jobs completed, having a general handyman around is very beneficial as they can do more than just one specific thing. However, as a handyman it is important to follow the different requirements for each job and be sure you are not taking on jobs you are unqualified for. NSW requires that you be certified for most residential jobs above $1,000, or any specialist work. Handyman must either carry a number of different certifications or only take on jobs below the price point. It is then important that the person hiring the handyman uses their discretion as they may be hiring a handyman who is not certified or supervised for that specific job and it may not be done up to proper standards.
A great way to make a good wage without much skill or qualifications is to work in general labour. Work sites are in constant need of good labourers and they generally pay quite well. Labourers might take on a number of jobs, from removal to organizing and cleaning to helping with general construction under the supervision of someone with a license. Labourers are always in demand and there are always labouring jobs that need to be completed.
If you love working outdoors, then landscaping is another great occupation that offers a good level of compensation. Landscaping jobs can be anywhere from creating and installing new designs in a constructed building, or maintaining properties throughout the seasons. Tasks can range anywhere from excavation to trimming hedges and mowing lawns, and while the work is hard, it is often rewarding.