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Leading Hand

A Leading Hand is usually a qualified individual or specialist who takes on a more responsible role within a team with limited supervision from other forms of management. This is a role that requires the ability to motivate and lead others by example.


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Employment Levels

There are currently 133 900 people employed as Leading Hands in Australia. According to the Department of Employment over the next 5 years (up until the year 2018) there will be more than 5 000 additional job openings within this profession. The demand is expected to be high.

Employment by State

The majority of Leading Hands are employed within NSW. There are a higher proportion of Leading Hands in VIC and QLD than the average for all occupations, while the population in SA, TAS, NT and ACT is close to the national average.

Gender Split

This is a female dominated industry. 83.2% of Leading Hands are female and 16.8% are male.

Age Brackets

The median age for Leading Hand is 32 years. Leading Hands are 8 years younger than the average age for all occupations.

Hours Worked

Leading Hands work an average of 37.4 hours a week. This is 2.7 hours less per week than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of workers employed in this profession have at least a Year 10 qualification. 27.8% of Leading Hands have a qualification that is Certificate III or higher while 52.3% have a qualification that is Year 12 or lower.

Leading Hand Duties & Tasks

  • Planning policy, and setting standards and objectives for organisations
  • Providing day-to-day direction and management of organisations, and directing and endorsing policy to fulfil objectives, achieve specific goals, and maximise profit and efficiency
  • Assessing changing situations and responding accordingly by issuing commands and directives to subordinate staff
  • Consulting with immediate subordinates and departmental heads on matters such as methods of operation, equipment requirements, finance, sales and human resources
  • Authorising the funding of major policy implementation programs
  • Representing the organisation at official occasions, in negotiations, at conventions, seminars, public hearings and forums, and liaising between areas of responsibility
  • Preparing, or arranging for the preparation of, reports, budgets and forecasts, and presenting them to governing bodies
  • Selecting and managing the performance of senior staff
  • May undertake responsibility for some or all of accounting, sales, marketing, human resources and other specialist operations



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.