Home Improvement Installers

ANZSCO ID 821412

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
11,200
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
78%
Female Share
2%
Average age
41

Summary

Home Improvement Installers install functional and decorative home improvements, such as awnings, curtains, blinds, security screens, garage doors, exterior cladding, shower screens, and prefabricated windows and doors.

Specialisations: Awning Installer, Carport Erector, Curtain Fitter, Security Door Installer, Shower Screen Installer.

Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Home Improvement Installer. Although some workers have a certificate II or III in blinds, awnings, security screens and grilles or have a related trade qualification in areas such as carpentry, joinery or metal trades.

Tasks

  • Examining plans, specifications and work sites to determine the type and quality of installations required and their location.

  • Preparing site for installation of fittings by nailing up furring, drilling holes for screws and bolts, and erecting scaffolding and ladders.

  • Gluing blocks and slabs of foamed plastic and cork to walls.

  • Measuring, cutting and applying solar control film to windows.

  • Fitting awnings, security screens, shower screens, prefabricated windows and doors, exterior cladding and other home improvements using hand tools.

  • Drilling holes in wood, brick, stone and fibrous structures, and bolting, screwing and nailing fittings into place.

  • Attaching and adjusting mechanical fittings such as cranks, locks and pull-cords.

  • Installing flashing and waterproofing to fittings such as shower screens and prefabricated windows and doors.

Characteristics

Job Type
Labourers
Skill Level
Lower skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Practical
  • Administrative
Physical Demand
  • Medium
  • Heavy

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, Insulation and Home Improvement Installers, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 78% of people employed as Home Improvement Installers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 12 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.

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Construction
72.8%
2
Manufacturing
9.0%
3
Retail Trade
3.7%
4
Wholesale Trade
1.3%
5
Other industries
4.8%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

30.9% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

23.4% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

21.5% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

8.0% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

13.3% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.2% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.6% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

1.2% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Home Improvement Installers All Jobs Average
NSW 30.9 31.6
VIC 23.4 25.6
QLD 21.5 20.0
SA 8.0 7.0
WA 13.3 10.8
TAS 1.2 2.0
NT 0.6 1.0
ACT 1.2 1.9



Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
41
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
2%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Home Improvement Installers is 41 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 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 Home Improvement Installers All Jobs Average
15-19 2.8 5.0
20-24 8.9 9.3
25-34 22.8 22.9
35-44 24.3 22.0
45-54 23.3 21.6
55-59 8.7 9.0
60-64 6.0 6.0
65 and Over 3.2 4.2
Median Age 41 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 Home Improvement Installer. Although some workers have a certificate II or III in blinds, awnings, security screens and grilles or have a related trade qualification in areas such as carpentry, joinery or metal trades.

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  • 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 Home Improvement Installers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 0.5 10.1
Bachelor degree 3.3 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 4.4 11.6
Certificate III/IV 42.2 21.1
Year 12 18.4 18.1
Year 11 8.0 4.8
Year 10 and below 23.1 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 Insulation and Home Improvement Installers who make good decisions, are polite, courteous and reliable.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 57%

    Equipment maintenance

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  • 57%

    Repairing

    Fixing machines or systems.

  • 50%

    Troubleshooting

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  • 45%

    Active learning

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

  • 45%

    Critical thinking

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

  • 45%

    Equipment selection

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  • 45%

    Installation

    Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs.

  • 45%

    Operation and control

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  • 45%

    Operation monitoring

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

  • 45%

    Quality control analysis

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

  • 45%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 43%

    Complex problem solving

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

  • 43%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 43%

    Judgment and decision making

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

  • 43%

    Monitoring

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

  • 41%

    Active listening

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

  • 41%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 41%

    Time management

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

  • 41%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 37%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 64%

    Mechanical

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

  • 54%

    Building and construction

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

  • 53%

    Customer and personal service

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

  • 51%

    Public safety and security

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

  • 47%

    English language

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

  • 43%

    Chemistry

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

  • 41%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 40%

    Engineering and technology

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

  • 35%

    Computers and electronics

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

  • 34%

    Physics

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

  • 34%

    Technical design

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

  • 34%

    Psychology

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

  • 31%

    Education and training

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

  • 30%

    Administration and management

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

  • 28%

    Telecommunications

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  • 28%

    Production and processing

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

  • 27%

    Geography

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  • 26%

    Transportation

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

  • 23%

    Personnel and human resources

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

  • 19%

    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..

  • 55%

    Sorting or ordering

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

  • 54%

    Near vision

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

  • 54%

    Visualization

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

  • 54%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 50%

    Multilimb coordination

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

  • 48%

    Control precision

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

  • 46%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 46%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 46%

    Problem spotting

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

  • 46%

    Static strength

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  • 46%

    Trunk strength

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

  • 45%

    Manual dexterity

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

  • 45%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 45%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 45%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 45%

    Inductive reasoning

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

  • 43%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  • 43%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 43%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 41%

    Perceptual speed

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.


Activities

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.

  • 67%

    Doing physically active work

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

  • 62%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 61%

    Working with mechanical equipment

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  • 56%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

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

  • 53%

    Controlling equipment or machines

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

  • 49%

    Planning and prioritising work

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

  • 47%

    Working with electronic equipment

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.

  • 43%

    Communicating within a team

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

  • 43%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

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

  • 41%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 41%

    Checking for errors or defects

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

  • 40%

    Making decisions and solving problems

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

  • 39%

    Helping and caring for others

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  • 38%

    Assessing and evaluating things

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

  • 38%

    Thinking creatively

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

  • 38%

    Looking for changes over time

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

  • 35%

    Driving vehicles or equipment

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

  • 33%

    Estimating amounts, costs and resources

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

  • 33%

    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.

  • 62%

    Administrative

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

  • 52%

    Analytical

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

  • 33%

    Enterprising

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

  • 19%

    Creative

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

  • 14%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 71%

    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.

  • 57%

    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%

    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.

  • 52%

    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.

  • 48%

    Achievement

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

  • 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.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 96%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 93%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

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

  • 92%

    Wear common protective or safety equipment

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

  • 89%

    Exposure to contaminants

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  • 87%

    Spend time standing

    Spend time standing at work.

  • 86%

    Contact with people

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

  • 86%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 84%

    Dangerous equipment

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  • 83%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 82%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 81%

    Unstructured work

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

  • 81%

    Indoors, not heat controlled

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  • 80%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 80%

    Walking and running

    Spend time walking and running.

  • 79%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 77%

    Outdoors, exposed to weather

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  • 77%

    Loud or uncomfortable sounds

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

  • 76%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 75%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 75%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

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