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Hairdressing and Beauty Services

Overview

The Hairdressing and Beauty industry comprises hair styling, which includes cutting, design and colouring, and beauticians which includes make-up artists and beauty therapists.

What does this industry cover?

  • Hairdressing salons
  • Beauty salons
  • Barber shops
  • Epilation
  • Manicure and pedicure services

Industry Information

There are about 21,700 businesses that operate in the hairdressing and beauty services sector. About 15,600 of them employ staff, and the vast majority (98%) are small businesses employing less than 20 people.

There are about 90,000 people in Australia employed as hairdressers or beauty therapists.

Apprenticeship and traineeship commencements are good in this industry.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a medium industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2018, commencements were: 4188

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 28/03/2019AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2018 in this industry have remained stable, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 28/03/2019AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are medium to high.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

This is a medium to large sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

Over the past 5 years, change in employment in this industry has increased.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is low to medium.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Key Occupations

Beauty Therapist

Hairdresser

Hair Stylist

This industry is positioned in the following groups

Industry

Sport, Recreation, Hair, Beauty & Services 

Work Type

Practical & Manual

Creative & Artistic

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Career Pathways

Hairdressing and Beauty has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Chart

Practice Aptitude Quiz

This resource illustrates the maths and literacy needed to complete the entry level training in this sector.

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Further Research

Information

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below. 

Industry

  • Hair and Beauty Industry Association
  • Hair & Beauty Australia Industry Association
  • Australian Hairdressing Council