Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The craft of laying bricks with mortar has roots back to the masons of ancient civilisation, and today has developed into a specialised construction trade requiring physical strength and technical knowledge. Australians prefer homes built by bricks and mortar, possibly reflecting the relative scarcity of timber resources, the availability of clay deposits, and the thermal insulation benefits of bricks. However, over the long term the demand for bricklayers has been negatively affected by trends towards higher-density multi-unit apartments and the substitution of alternative materials for exterior wall cladding.
The industry currently generates revenue totalling $3.0 billion (up 2.7% on the previous year), with value added of about $2.0 billion, or approximately 0.1% of GDP... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter
The industry has a low degree of concentration of ownership, with the four largest participants accounting for much less than 10% of annual industry revenue.
The industry is characterised by its many small-scale, geographically dispersed, independent contractors and about three-quarters of industry establishments are sole-proprietorships. Less than 1.0% of establishments employ more than 20 people (currently about 150 firms).
Bricklaying contractors are often unwilling to directly employ qualified tradespeople due to the on-costs of employment such as worker's compensation, superannuation and leave loading... purchase to read more