Scaffolders erect and dismantle scaffolding to provide work platforms on building and industrial sites, and for temporary structures such as staging and seating.
Fits and bolts tubes, support braces and components to form bases and build up scaffolding.
Lifts and positions sections of scaffolding.
Erects guard rails, guy wires, ropes and clamps, laying planks and hanging safety nets.
Dismantles and removes scaffolding from building sites.
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, Structural Steel Construction Workers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 83% of people employed as Scaffolders work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 17 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 49 hours per week in their main job. This is 5 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||Scaffolders||All Jobs Average|
Around 49% of Scaffolders live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Western Australia and Queensland have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Gold Coast
- Perth - North West
- Perth - South West
- Western Australia - Outback (North)
- Central Queensland.
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 Scaffolders is 32 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 1% of the workforce. This is 47 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||Scaffolders||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||0.5||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 usually required to work as a Scaffolder. Some workers have a certificate III in scaffolding.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Scaffolders||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.1||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||22.1||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 Structural Steel Construction Workers who are motivated and hardworking.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
48%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
43%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
43%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Reading work related information.
41%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Teaching people how to do something.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
39%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
34%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Talking to others.
Looking for ways to help people.
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.
88%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
47%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
44%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
43%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
40%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
39%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
30%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
25%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
12%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
11%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
10%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
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.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Keep your balance or stay upright.
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
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.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.
Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.
See details that are far away.
Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.
Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.
Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
90%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
80%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
65%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
59%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
57%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
57%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
57%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
55%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
54%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
52%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
51%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
50%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
49%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
46%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
46%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
45%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
43%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
42%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
40%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
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.
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.
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.
100%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
96%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
96%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
95%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
93%Work at heights
Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).
92%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
91%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
89%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
89%Wear specialized protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection.
Work with people in a group or team.
88%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
87%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
87%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
Work to strict deadlines.
84%Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings
Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.
83%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
81%Bright or inadequate lighting
Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.
81%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2221.00 - Structural Iron and Steel Workers.