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State of the Industry

Royal Life Saving Workforce Survey Profile 2019Royal Life Saving, on behalf of the National Aquatic Industry Safety Committee (NAISC), is managing the National Aquatic Industry Workforce Development Project.

The key objectives of the Project are to:

  • Achieve and share a greater insight and understanding of the aquatic industry workforce
  • Build the capacity and capability of the aquatic industry workforce
  • Support the development of a strong, sustainable and responsive aquatic industry

One of the key initial tasks of the Project was to survey the aquatic industry workforce with the goal of gathering comprehensive data on the full range of aspects that make up, influence, and affect the characteristics and working lives of the aquatic industry workforce.

The recently published Workforce Profile presents data from this survey and provides a snapshot of specific demographic information for key roles within the industry, such as education and training, working hours and employment status, salary and years of service.

Key findings from the survey:

  • 73% of the workforce are female
  • 56% of the workforce earn less than $30,000 per year
  • 46% of the workforce are employed casually and most workers work throughout the year but in a part-time capacity
  • 49% of workers have a second job and 47% are studying while working
  • Those aged between 18 and 64 are relatively evenly represented across the workforce, with 45 to 54 being the most common age group (23%) and 25 to 34 being the least common age group (15%)
  • 74% of workers said the most enjoyable part of their current role was knowing they are making a positive impact on people’s lives

Further information and publications will be provided as part of the Workforce Development Plan.The primary focus of this Plan will be to guide industry stakeholders in making decisions and taking actions so that the workforce has the capabilities, opportunities, resources and systems to enable it to best meet client, community and business needs, and respond to ongoing change.