Laggers apply insulating materials, such as felt, fibreglass, polyurethane and cork, to pipes, steam generators, process vats and ducting, and secure insulation with wire, wire netting, staples, metal strapping and using welding torches.
Organises insulating materials to be available for application.
Measures cuts and applies insulation.
Secures insulation using tools/machinery.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Other Construction and Mining Labourers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 88% of people employed as Laggers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 22 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 51 hours per week in their main job. This is 7 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Laggers||All Jobs Average|
Around 65% of Laggers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Western Australia and Queensland have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Laggers is 42 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 3% of the workforce. This is 45 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Laggers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||2.5||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Lagger. Although some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in related areas like carpentry, joinery, engineering trades or plumbing.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Laggers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||1.4||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||34.3||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Construction and Mining Labourers who are reliable, hardworking and can work independently.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Reading work related information.
41%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
39%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Talking to others.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
37%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
36%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Teaching people how to do something.
30%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Looking for ways to help people.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
57%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
55%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
50%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
42%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
42%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
40%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
38%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
26%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
26%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
21%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
19%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Communicate by speaking.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Keep your balance or stay upright.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
39%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
79%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
71%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
56%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
56%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
54%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
54%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
51%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
50%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
50%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
49%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
49%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
48%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
48%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
47%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
47%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
44%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
44%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
43%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
40%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
98%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
97%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
94%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
Talk with people face-to-face.
91%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
91%Work at heights
Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).
90%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
88%Cramped work space
Work in an awkward position or in cramped work spaces.
88%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
88%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
88%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
86%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
86%Climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles
Spend time climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles.
Work with people in a group or team.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
82%Bending or twisting your body
Spend time bending or twisting your body.
82%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
Work to strict deadlines.
Talk on the telephone.
80%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
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