Construction Employment boosts Australian Job Market


While the number of people employed in Australia across all sectors showing a decline, the construction sector is one that has defied the odds.

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) data indicates a loss of 5,000 jobs in the Australian economy in September.  Despite these losses, the construction industry, the country’s third largest employer, employed 76,000 more workers in the 5 years to February 2015.

The number of new workers in the construction industry is expected to double in the next 4 years. In the construction sector we can expect 137,000-plus further new jobs by 2019.


Shortage of Skilled Workers in Western Sydney, Audit Reveals

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An audit has revealed a major skills shortage in Western Sydney threatening economic growth in the area.

Unsurprisingly one of the sectors experiencing a lack of skilled labour to fill vacancies is the building industry, a problem intensified by the population growth boom demanding more dwellings in the area.

Almost half of businesses surveyed were experiencing a deficit in technical skills.

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Are Hangovers Impacting Your Business


It is alarming to note that Australia fares the worst in the world when it comes to taking time off work due to sickness and a study by Flinders University found that more and more these sick days are as a result of alcohol and drug taking.

The study found that 11.5 million working days each year are lost to workers taking time off for alcohol and illicit drug related issues, costing Australia $3 billion annually – how much do you think its costing your business?

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New Materials Revolutionizing Building Facades

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Construction website recently posted an article about some of the materials that are revolutionising building facades. The materials each have their own unique benefits, some aesthetic, some environmentally beneficial.

  1. ETFE : is known for its use on façades or skylight material. It is both light weight and flexible.
  2. Carbon fibre: Although its expensive, it is light weight and versatile.
  3. Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) : enables thinner and more lightweight design of concrete panels and makes intricate designs possible.
  4. Solid surface: This high cost product is lightweight and several sheets can be joined together fairly seamlessly to cover a large surface area.
  5. Corten steel: Mostly favored for the rustic aesthetic quality.

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