Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants

ANZSCO ID 451812

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
900
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
12%
Female Share
93%
Average age
19

Summary

Hair or Beauty Salon Assistants assist Hairdressers or Beauty Therapists by performing routine tasks in hairdressing or beauty salons.

Tasks

  • Discusses client needs, analyses skin characteristics and advises on suitable skin care, treatments and application of make-up.

  • Applies general cosmetic and corrective make-up.

  • Performs manicures and pedicures such as decorative nail art, application of artificial nails, nail repair, and other specialised hand and foot treatments.

  • Performs facial and body treatments such as massages.

  • Treats unwanted hair through waxing, bleaching, tinting, depilation and electrolysis.

  • Evaluates beauty therapy processes and products.

  • Receives bookings, arranges appointments and maintains client records.

  • Provides advice on and selling cosmetic products.

Characteristics

Job Type
Community And Personal Service Workers
Skill Level
Entry level
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Practical
  • Creative
  • Enterprising
  • Helping
Physical Demand
  • Sedentary
  • Light

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC 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 Personal Service Workers, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 12% of people employed as Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 54 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to 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.


Industries

Main industries

1
Other Services
94.2%
2
Retail Trade
1.3%
3
Education and Training
0.6%
4
Wholesale Trade
0.3%
5
Other industries
0.3%
  • Most Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants work in the Other services industry.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.


Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

41.7% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

20.4% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

19.4% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

4.8% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

9.7% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.0% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.7% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

2.3% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants All Jobs Average
NSW 41.7 31.6
VIC 20.4 25.6
QLD 19.4 20.0
SA 4.8 7.0
WA 9.7 10.8
TAS 1.0 2.0
NT 0.7 1.0
ACT 2.3 1.9


  • Around 65% of Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.

    New South Wales has a large share of employment relative to its population size.

    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
19
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
93%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants is 19 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 15 to 19 years.

    Females make up 93% of the workforce. This is 45 percentage points above 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 Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants All Jobs Average
15-19 53.7 5.0
20-24 12.4 9.3
25-34 14.7 22.9
35-44 8.7 22.0
45-54 5.9 21.6
55-59 2.3 9.0
60-64 1.6 6.0
65 and Over 0.8 4.2
Median Age 19 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 Hair or Beauty Salon Assistant. Although some workers have a certificate II or III in hairdressing, beauty services or beauty therapy.

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  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Hairdressing and Beauty, Funeral Services, Public Sector, Health Industry, Community 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 Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 0.7 10.1
Bachelor degree 5.2 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 6.5 11.6
Certificate III/IV 11.3 21.1
Year 12 22.8 18.1
Year 11 16.3 4.8
Year 10 and below 37.2 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 Personal Service Workers who are caring and compassionate, who can communicate clearly and are trustworthy.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 50%

    Critical thinking

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

  • 46%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 45%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 43%

    Active listening

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

  • 43%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 43%

    Active learning

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

  • 43%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 43%

    Learning strategies

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

  • 43%

    Monitoring

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

  • 43%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 41%

    Complex problem solving

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

  • 41%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 39%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 37%

    Time management

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

  • 36%

    Judgment and decision making

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

  • 36%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 34%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 32%

    Management of personnel resources

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

  • 29%

    Mathematics

    Using maths to solve problems.

  • 27%

    Operations analysis

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 67%

    Customer and personal service

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

  • 56%

    Sales and marketing

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

  • 44%

    Education and training

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

  • 42%

    Administration and management

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

  • 40%

    Clerical

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

  • 40%

    Chemistry

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

  • 33%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 32%

    Personnel and human resources

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

  • 30%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 30%

    Economics and accounting

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

  • 27%

    Production and processing

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

  • 27%

    English language

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

  • 23%

    Psychology

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

  • 22%

    Law and government

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

  • 21%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 20%

    Public safety and security

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

  • 16%

    Mechanical

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

  • 16%

    Engineering and technology

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

  • 13%

    Transportation

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

  • 12%

    Technical design

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


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 57%

    Near vision

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

  • 54%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 54%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 54%

    Manual dexterity

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

  • 52%

    Visualization

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

  • 48%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 46%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 46%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 45%

    Originality

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  • 45%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 45%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 45%

    Problem spotting

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

  • 43%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 43%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 43%

    Colour discrimination

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  • 43%

    Control precision

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  • 43%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 43%

    Sorting or ordering

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

  • 43%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 41%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.


Activities

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

  • 73%

    Working with the public

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  • 70%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

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

  • 65%

    Planning and prioritising work

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

  • 64%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 63%

    Thinking creatively

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

  • 61%

    Helping and caring for others

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  • 59%

    Influencing people

    Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.

  • 58%

    Making decisions and solving problems

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

  • 58%

    Communicating with the public

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

  • 57%

    Scheduling work and activities

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

  • 54%

    Doing physically active work

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

  • 53%

    Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  • 51%

    Communicating within a team

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

  • 49%

    Training and teaching others

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

  • 49%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

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

  • 47%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  • 43%

    Leading and encouraging a team

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  • 43%

    Explaining things to people

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  • 40%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 39%

    Looking for changes over time

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


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.

  • 90%

    Creative

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

  • 76%

    Enterprising

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

  • 67%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 62%

    Practical

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

  • 48%

    Administrative

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

  • 19%

    Analytical

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


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 90%

    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.

  • 71%

    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.

  • 57%

    Achievement

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

  • 45%

    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.

  • 38%

    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.

  • 29%

    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.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 100%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

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

  • 99%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 97%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 96%

    Contact with people

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

  • 95%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 94%

    Making repetitive motions

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  • 94%

    Unstructured work

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

  • 94%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 92%

    Spend time standing

    Spend time standing at work.

  • 90%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 88%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 85%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 79%

    Bending or twisting your body

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  • 78%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 77%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 74%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 72%

    Repeating same tasks

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  • 71%

    Competition

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  • 70%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  • 69%

    Wear common protective or safety equipment

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

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