“We all require skilled tradies to get things done around the house or in a commercial context and we want it yesterday, but the reality is there are simply not enough to meet demand,” says Chris McDonald, Indeed’s managing director Australia-New Zealand.

“Any young person thinking seriously about their career choices needs to know that tradespeople are in hot demand and will be well into the future.

“Employers can’t get enough of them and the self-employment prospects fantastic with niche opportunities across virtually all trades.”

Salary snapshot

Electrician: $74,401 (average) – $145,000 (upper range)
Cabinet maker: $67,720 (average) – $105,000 (upper range)
Bricklayer: $65,665 (average) – $133,300 (upper range)
Welder: $61,012 (average) – $118,00 (upper range)

Source: The 10 hardest to find tradesmen in Australia

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