Fabric and Textile Factory Workers
Fabric and Textile Factory Workers perform routine tasks in fabric and textile factories, such as cutting canvas, upholstery and curtain fabrics, delivering materials to machines, operating automatic machines using computerised patterns, pressing partially completed and finished garments, and inspecting and finishing completed garments.
Cutting canvas, upholstery and curtain fabrics.
Delivering materials to machines.
Operating automatic machines using computerised patterns, pressing partially completed and finished garments, and inspecting and finishing completed garments.
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Informal or on-the-job
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Earnings and hours
Around 64% of people employed as Fabric and Textile Factory Workers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is similar to the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 40 hours per week in their main job. This is 4 hours less 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.
Most Fabric and Textile Factory Workers work in the Manufacturing industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Fabric and Textile Factory Workers||All Jobs Average|
Around 75% of Fabric and Textile Factory Workers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Victoria has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Melbourne - South East
- Melbourne - West
- Sydney - South West
- Melbourne - North East
- Melbourne - Outer East.
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 Fabric and Textile Factory Workers is 46 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 47% of the workforce. This is similar to 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||Fabric and Textile Factory Workers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.9||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 usually required to work as a Fabric and Textile Factory Worker.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Fabric and Textile Factory Workers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||1.0||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||35.0||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 Factory Process Workers who are reliable, can work independently and are hardworking.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
52%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
48%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Fixing machines or systems.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
39%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Teaching people how to do something.
37%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Reading work related information.
36%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Talking to others.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
43%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
39%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
36%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
34%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
28%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
24%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
21%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
19%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
16%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
16%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
41%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Tell the difference between sounds.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
85%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
85%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
76%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
68%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
67%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
67%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
64%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
64%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
61%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
59%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
58%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
58%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
57%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
55%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
49%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
49%Working with electronic equipment
Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.
48%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
46%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
42%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
40%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
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.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
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.
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.
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.
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.
92%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
88%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Work to strict deadlines.
78%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
77%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
Work with people in a group or team.
74%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
72%Pace of work set by equipment
Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
70%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
69%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
68%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
66%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
64%Bending or twisting your body
Spend time bending or twisting your body.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
61%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
60%Walking and running
Spend time walking and running.
58%Automation of tasks
Do tasks that are mostly automated.
58%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
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