Labour Shortfalls Push Australia Down Global Construction Index

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Via The Urban Developer

Australia has ranked 15th in world for construction workers as the country battles with a skills shortage and a building boom.

Average salary, cost of living and safety were the major factors used to determine the ranking of 125 countries, which has been compiled by Workwear Guru using data from Salaryexplorer, Numbeo and Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

Switzerland was found to be the best country for construction workers, followed by the United Kingdom and Belgium.

The worst places to work in the industry were Yemen and Uzbekistan for low salaries, Myanmar and Uganda for dangerous conditions, while Switzerland and Bermuda had the highest cost of living.

Top countries for construction workers

Rank Country Salary Cost of Living Incident Rate
1 Switzerland $79,159 125.02 13%
2 United Kingdom $57,957 70.64 8%
3 Belgium $53,501 75.79 12%
4 United States $55,800 70.55 20%
5 Canada $55,927 71.45 22%
6 Singapore $43,958 82.63 5%
7 Luxembourg $40,731 85.3 11%
8 China $31,931 41.31 9%
9 Netherlands $41,312 78.93 15%
10 Denmark $45,295 88.53 20%
11 New Zealand $39,971 76.31 14%
12 United Arab Emirates $36,483 58.94 13%
13 Finland $38,843 76.35 18%
14 Norway $40,326 103.56 14%
15 Australia $39,191 80.75 18%

^Source: Workwear Guru

Builders in Australia were continuing to report wage pressures due from skills shortages, according to the latest Australian Performance of Construction Index.

The pressure of the HomeBuilder scheme was adding to this, creating a bigger pipeline and leading to businesses requiring more staff.

The Australian PCI also found builders were limiting new projects to reduce the impacts of price increases between signing a contract an commencing construction.

Analysts warned the acute labour and skill shortages were unlikely to be resolved in the next few years, leading to intensifying competition for workers.

The halt in construction in NSW and Victoria only added to the problem as jobs piled up.

Meanwhile, tradies were moving to Queensland in record numbers as interstate migration outpaces international migration.

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