Floor Finishers

ANZSCO ID 3321

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
7,500
Future Growth
4.1%
Weekly Earnings
$1,207
Full-Time Share
73%
Female Share
2%
Average age
40

Summary

Floor Finishers measure, cut, install and repair soft and resilient floor coverings.

Specialisations: Carpet Layer, Parquetry Layer.

Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Floor Finisher. Although some workers have a certificate III in floorcovering. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Tasks

  • measuring areas to be covered and consulting plans to estimate quantities of floor covering materials required

  • preparing surfaces for covering and removing baseboard trims

  • measuring, cutting and fixing underlay materials

  • laying coverings, such as carpets, linoleum, parquetry blocks, cork tiles and other resilient flooring materials, over floors, matching patterns, cutting shapes around fixtures and trimming edges

  • securing floor coverings and fitting edge trims in doorways

  • sanding, staining and applying finishing coatings to timber floors

  • may install wall, ceiling, counter and bench coverings

Characteristics

Job Type
Technicians And Trades Workers
Skill Level
Medium skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
Above average
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Practical
Physical Demand
  • Heavy

Outlook

Employment Outlook

JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:

  • is expected to grow moderately
  • is likely to reach 11,700 by 2026.
  • Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.

    Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.

    Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.

Projected Change
4.1%
(or 500 jobs)
From
11,300
in 2021
To
11,700
in 2026

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Year Employment
2011 10,000
2012 11,900
2013 8,500
2014 7,900
2015 14,100
2016 10,400
2017 14,000
2018 8,300
2019 11,500
2020 10,800
2021 11,300
2026 11,700

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 73% of people employed as Floor Finishers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 7 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 44 hours per week in their main job. This is the same as the all jobs average.

    Median full-time earnings are $1,207 per week, this is much lower than weekly earnings for all jobs ($1,593).

    Median hourly earnings are $30, this is lower than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).

    Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
Earnings Floor Finishers All Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings 1,207 1,593
Total Earnings 0 0

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.


Industries

Main industries

1
Construction
93.2%
2
Retail Trade
6.8%
  • Most Floor Finishers work in the Construction industry.

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.


Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

30.3% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

28.8% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

19.3% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

6.6% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

10.6% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

2.6% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.3% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

1.5% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Floor Finishers All Jobs Average
NSW 30.3 31.6
VIC 28.8 25.6
QLD 19.3 20.0
SA 6.6 7.0
WA 10.6 10.8
TAS 2.6 2.0
NT 0.3 1.0
ACT 1.5 1.9


  • Around 45% of Floor Finishers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.

    Victoria has a large share of employment relative to its 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.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
40
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
2%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Floor Finishers is 40 years. This is the same as the all jobs average.

    A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.

    Females make up 2% of the workforce. This is 46 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)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Floor Finishers All Jobs Average
15-19 3.4 5.0
20-24 10.2 9.3
25-34 23.7 22.9
35-44 23.4 22.0
45-54 21.6 21.6
55-59 8.4 9.0
60-64 5.7 6.0
65 and Over 3.7 4.2
Median Age 40 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Floor Finisher. Although some workers have a certificate III in floorcovering. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Registration or licencing may be required.

Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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.
Type of Qualification Floor Finishers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 0.4 10.1
Bachelor degree 2.6 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 2.9 11.6
Certificate III/IV 44.0 21.1
Year 12 17.4 18.1
Year 11 7.2 4.8
Year 10 and below 25.4 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 Floor Finishers who are reliable, work well in a team and who are hardworking.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 48%

    Mathematics

    Using maths to solve problems.

  • 45%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 41%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 41%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 41%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 39%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 37%

    Quality control analysis

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  • 37%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 37%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  • 36%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 34%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 32%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 32%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 32%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 30%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 30%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 30%

    Operation and control

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  • 30%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 27%

    Management of personnel resources

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  • 27%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 61%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 52%

    Building and construction

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  • 50%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 49%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 49%

    Mechanical

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • 48%

    Technical design

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • 46%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 43%

    English language

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 43%

    Production and processing

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  • 37%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 35%

    Sales and marketing

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  • 34%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  • 32%

    Chemistry

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  • 31%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 29%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 25%

    Engineering and technology

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  • 25%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  • 22%

    Economics and accounting

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  • 18%

    Physics

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  • 15%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 61%

    Static strength

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  • 55%

    Extent flexibility

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  • 52%

    Trunk strength

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  • 50%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 48%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 45%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 45%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 45%

    Dynamic strength

    Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

  • 45%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 43%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 43%

    Stamina

    Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.

  • 41%

    Manual dexterity

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  • 41%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 41%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 41%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 41%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 39%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 39%

    Multilimb coordination

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  • 37%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 34%

    Depth perception

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 94%

    Handling and moving objects

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  • 83%

    Doing physically active work

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  • 62%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 58%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 57%

    Controlling equipment or machines

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  • 53%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 53%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 52%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 49%

    Checking for errors or defects

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  • 48%

    Driving vehicles or equipment

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  • 47%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 46%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 44%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 44%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 42%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 42%

    Training and teaching others

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  • 41%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 40%

    Scheduling work and activities

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  • 39%

    Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  • 37%

    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

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 100%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 43%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 38%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 24%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 19%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 19%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 62%

    Relationships

    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.

  • 48%

    Support

    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.

  • 43%

    Independence

    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.

  • 40%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 29%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 29%

    Recognition

    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.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 97%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 95%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  • 92%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 89%

    Kneeling, crouching, stooping, or crawling

    Spend time kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling.

  • 88%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 87%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 86%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 85%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 84%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 83%

    Exposure to contaminants

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  • 83%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 82%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 81%

    Making repetitive motions

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  • 79%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 76%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 75%

    Bending or twisting your body

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  • 75%

    Responsible for outcomes

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  • 73%

    Cramped work space

    Work in an awkward position or in cramped work spaces.

  • 70%

    Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  • 70%

    Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

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