Surprising Statistics about Australian Tradies

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Did you know that only one in four tradies still smokes? Did you know that Talkback radio is still the most popular background noise (though 1 in 5 tradies listen to them as podcasts) while on the tools?

We have a few more tradie stats that we found interesting about tradies.

Keeping the Country Running

Tradies make up over 30% of the workforce according to Safe Work Australia and the most recent Census. That’s an impressive number, especially when you consider that many of them are running one of two million small businesses in Australia.

Of that 30%, approximately 1.1 million people are classified as independent contractors.

In Demand Tradies

If you have one of the trades listed below, you are officially in demand. With Commonwealth-supported uni places increasing in the last few decades, more high school graduates are opting into university rather than picking up a trade. While that’s not great for the industry long term, it does have the benefit that fewer people working means higher rates for those who are left.

According to Indeed, in Australian cabinet makers and welders are the hardest trades to come by when it comes to filling a part-time role. These two are closely followed by plasterers and bricklayers. In a hot country, air conditioning engineers and mechanics will always be in demand, and the stats show that too, with these guys and girls being the fifth most in demand. Metal fabricators, auto mechanics, electricians, plumbers and carpenters round out the top 10.

Sobering Stats

The most common types of serious injury claims for tradies in the last five years are traumatic joint injuries, with more than 4 out of 10 tradies who get injured on the job suffering one of these nasty setbacks.

Cuts, wounds and skin piercings of any kind make up another 18% of injuries, followed by 15% of tradies who get injuries that result in musculoskeletal disorders that might require the attention of a good physio. Finally, and luckily, only one in ten tradies who hurt themselves on the job suffer a long-term fracture.

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