The ABBTF was misquoted in Yesterdays telegraph article: Huge demand for brickies: Much moolah to be had for willing workers by NEIL KEENE, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, MARCH 03, 2015
Bricklayer Shortage and Rates
I wish to correct the report in the Sydney Daily Telegraph and syndicated across other press outlets in other states on bricklayer earnings.
Bricklayers do not earn $6,000 over four days as reported, as a bricklayer cannot lay 1,500 per day.
Bricklayers on average lay 300-500 bricks per day subject to weather conditions and the complexity of the job. The current rates in Sydney are around $1.50 per 1,000 and can be as high as $1.90. This is due to a shortage of bricklayers driven by a sharp rise in construction activity. Dwelling starts have increased by 67% in three years.
Rates are higher in the commercial market and Sydney has the highest proportion of commercial work in the country. Rates in regional New South Wales and other states are much lower than the Sydney rates.
The article does highlight the shortage and ABBTF are continuing their work in recruiting people for the trade across the country.
We currently have 200 apprentice vacancies and are conducting interviews, work ready courses and trials to improve apprentice starts.
Contact Geoff Noble on 03 9556 3033 or 1300 66 44 96 for the ABBTF office in your state.