Western Australian Metal Industry Employment Report May 2017

Skills demand analysis of the WA Metal Industry for 2017
The following report is based on an in depth analysis of over 100 job ads and employer interviews for skilled metalworkers in Western Australia, from February-April, 2017.

As an industry leader in skills management technology, GotSkill aims to help and develop WA industry capabilities through better collaboration and management of skills data in our skilled trade industries.

Aggregated from multiple sources, the data in this report allows insights into the Western Australian metalwork and fabrication industries, revealing which roles are in the highest demand, and which skills are needed where - and are needed most.

Data is one thing, but turning it into results is another. To learn how to use data to optimise the employment process, click here.​


Demand for Qualifications and Certificates from West Australian employers

Its no secret that qualifications are one of the most important factors to an employer when making a hiring decision. In the WA metals industry, employers place an even greater emphasis on qualified workers.

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Employers can quickly and accurately shortlist candidates for roles whilst allowing us to provide detailed reports on the outlook of the industry​ as a whole. Click below to learn how this works:

At least one third of available positions specifically mentioned the need for a Australian certified trade certificate, and nearly 50% required a White Card construction permit. Other sought after licenses were forklift (23%), safe working at heights permit (26%) and confined space tickets (18%).

74% of jobs required applicants to hold a valid driver's license. This is no surprise, as many worksites are located far out of the metro area, with limited public transport options. Beyond personal transport however, many of these positions asked for specific drivers licenses (LR, MR, HR), as these jobs often include operation of heavy vehicles as a part of the job description.

Additional important requirements for employers include a current National Police clearance certificate, as well as the ability to pass a drug and alcohol test upon application.

Job Roles

Welders and Boilermakers are still the most sought after Metalwork positions

A diverse range of specializations exist in the WA metalworking community, however some position are in far greater demand than others.

“Welder” takes the top spot, no surprise there. 59% of job ads were seeking a some kind of welder. This was followed closely by Boilermakers, with 55% of Jobs advertised seeking someone with these skills.

Employers advertising for apprentices were found in only 5% of advertised positions.


Years of experience is often a primary determinant in hiring new Metalworkers

Experience is obviously a major factor in any any workplace, and there is no exception in the welding industry.

The average experience required for a metalworker position in WA is 2.85 years, with the majority (35%) of jobs advertised seeking 3 yrs industry experience as a minimum requirement.

Most positions demanded some experience - 9% of positions required a minimum 1 year experience in the industry. On the other hand, 5% of jobs were technical or specialized enough to require 5 years of industry experience in order to apply.

Welding Materials

Experience with welding specific materials is an important factor when making a hire

Beyond overall experience, a major determinant in an employers hiring decision is the applicant's knowledge of specific welding metals. With subtle nuances between how they are used and manipulated, employers placed a lot of emphasis among skills and experience between different materials.

Of the employers who demanded knowledge in specific metals, stainless steel was the most sought after, with 84% of positions seeking knowledge of this metal.

Carbon steel was the next highest in demand, with just over half of positions requiring knowledge of this material.

This was followed by aluminium (29%), Plastics (10%) Titanium (8%) Bisalloy (3%) and Hardox (2%).

In summary:

- Qualifications and experience are the most important factors to employers in the metals industry

- Despite declining in size nationally, the Manufacturing industry is still the largest employer section, and is expected to see slight growth in WA with the Construction in and around the city on the rise.

The Western Australian metals industry is not going anywhere anytime soon. With over 50 new positions posted throughout the state every week there is certainly no shortage of work. Unfortunately the shortage of skills in some areas has left some employers desperate for more skilled employees.

If you are looking for work as a skilled metalworker, applying for jobs using a GotSkill profile helps you to demonstrate your true ability with verified evidence of your skills and qualifications.

If you are a recruiter or employer looking for skilled metalworkers for an upcoming project or position, we can help lighten the burden of shortlisting candidates that are the best fit for the role.

GotSkill will continue to release updates as we continue to gather new insights on jobs for skilled trades.

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