I need to correct a report on bricklayer earnings that was recently published in the Sydney Daily Telegraph and then syndicated across other press outlets in other States.
ABBTF can confirm that bricklayers do not earn $6,000 over four days, as was reported, for the reason that a bricklayer cannot physically lay 1,500 a day!
Bricklayers on average lay 300-500 bricks per day subject to weather conditions and the complexity of the job. The current laying rate in Sydney is around $1.50 per brick but can be as high as $1.90. The current rate is due to a shortage of bricklayers which has been driven by a sharp rise in construction activity. Dwelling starts in NSW have increased by 67% in three years.
The higher rates are more prevalent in the commercial market and Sydney has the highest proportion of commercial work in Australia. Rates in regional New South Wales and other States are much lower than the Sydney rate.
The news article did highlight the bricklayer shortage, which it’s hoped will bring more young people to an awareness of the trade as a career choice – they’re in high demand. ABBTF is continuing its effort to recruit quality candidates for the bricklaying apprenticeship right across the country.
At present, ABBTF has 200 apprentice vacancies and is conducting interviews, work ready courses and trials to improve apprentice starts.
Contact Geoff Noble on 03 9556 3033 or for the ABBTF office in your State, call 1300 66 44 96.
Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation Ltd