Tradie platform SEEK released their job posting data for 2018, showing which tradies are in high demand by Aussies across the country.
While a lot of tradies, from those handling plumbing services in Newcastle to those that work on gardening in Perth, get paid well, its sparkies across the country that get the most postings, with a 66% increase on the platform for 2018.
Victoria saw the biggest jump in job ads on the platform in the 12 months up to October 2018, with a 66% increase, followed by Western Australia, which saw a 36% increase. Following these two are South Australia, New South Wales then Queensland, with growth at 22%, 20% and 15%, respectively.
According to SEEK Managing Director Kendra Banks, recruiters predicted strong, long-lasting careers for sparkies. She attributes this, in part, to the fact that automation isn’t negatively affecting job opportunities for electricians, in comparison to other industries and tradies, thanks to the non-routine and problem-solving nature of their profession.
She says that there is and will be, for a long time to come, a consistent demand for sparkies with the right skills and experience.
Banks says that, in order to ensure that the country has access to tradies for its needs, whether for plumbing services in Newcastle or for electrical work in Queensland, people need to be educated on the exciting career prospects within the trades and their status.
Employers had a bit of trouble attracting electricians to handle jobs in NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.
According to SEEK’s data, there was a 37% drop in available workers in Victoria; the largest drop seen in Australia.
Their data also noted that about a quarter (23%) of the ad growth in the trades in the services sector was from sparkies, followed by automotive trades workers and plumbers following, at 20% and 14%. In NSW, sparkies accounted for a huge chunk of all the new job ads in the trades and services sectors; 48%, or about half.
Other contributing occupations are gardeners and landscapers, bakers and pastry chefs, as well as automotive trades workers, at 21%, 6%, and 6%, respectively.