At the end of June 2015, there were 34,393 businesses operating in Australia within the furnishing industry. This includes businesses operating in the services area (glazing services and carpet and tiling services) and also carpet retailing businesses which employ the majority of floor finishers.
The majority of businesses were either single person businesses (54%) or small businesses employing between 1-19 people (43%).
Over 35,000 people work in the furniture manufacturing sector. Some key occupations in the sector are Floor Finishers (12,700), Glaziers (8,300), Cabinetmakers (26,100), Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers (5,600) and Insulation and Home Improvement Installers (19,600).
Traineeship and apprenticeship commencements in this industry are good.