The construction industry is a significant driver of economic activity in Australia and is projected to grow by 2.4% in the next 5 years. It employs close to 1.2 million people and has the largest number of small businesses in Australia. Construction workers are employed in both residential and commercial sectors, and are involved in site preparation, building installation and structure services. The majority of workers in the sector are employed as carpenters and joiners, followed by construction managers and plumbers (Source: IBISWorld)
The number of people working as Bricklayers and Stonemasons (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years: from 26,400 in 2014 to 32,300 in 2019.
Average weekly earnings: $2,070 per week
Mode of work: Many work full-time (78%)
Hours per week: full-time workers spend around 44 hours/ week at work.
Age: the average age is 38 years.
Gender: 1% workers are female
Workers usually need a certificate III in bricklaying or stonemasonry. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.
Bricklaying involves the measuring, laying and aligning of bricks and concrete building blocks with mortar. Studies in bricklaying will teach you how to take measurements and calculations, read and interpret plans, apply levelling procedures, construct masonry steps and stairs, lay paving and much more.
Most institutions require completion of Australian Year 11 or 12 (or equivalent), as well as a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.
A 2-year packaged trade course costs between $12,000 and $19,000 per year, depending on the institution.