The industry has been negatively affected by trends towards higher density apartments and the substitution of alternative materials.
Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) October 05, 2013
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. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Anthony Kelly, "Australians have traditionally preferred 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 the Bricklaying Services industry in Australia has been negatively affected by trends towards higher density multi-unit apartments and the substitution of alternative materials for exterior wall cladding.
The industry is projected to generate revenue totalling $3.1 billion in 2013-14, up 4.6% on the previous year in response to the emerging cyclical recovery in new housing investment, which is the industry's most significant market. "Contractors have endured difficult trading conditions since the late 2000s with subdued demand from the housing construction market and a sharp deterioration in work on commercial building projects due to weak economic growth in the aftermath of the global financial crisis," says Kelly. Over the five years through 2013-14, industry revenue is projected to increase by an annualised 0.8%, remaining contained by the decline in the value of total building construction. The industry has a low degree of concentration of ownership.
The local market for bricklaying services is supplied by many small-scale operators that contract labour skills to prime construction contractors or directly to builders and owners. The total industry workforce includes full-time employees, owner-operators and partners, subcontracted labour and casual labourers. The industry workforce currently numbers about 27,750 people (including sole contractors) in approximately 11,500 enterprises. The Bricklaying Services industry's performance is projected to improve over the next few years with the continued cyclical growth in investment in new housing construction and the eventual recovery of work in the non-residential building markets.
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Operators in this industry lay and repair clay and concrete bricks, blocks and pavers.
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