YANCHEP has a higher percentage of businesses in the construction industry than anywhere else in Australia, according to a report highlighting the increase of sole traders during Covid-19.
The Small businesses and sole traders in the new world report said in 2020 Yanchep, construction businesses made up 37 per cent of the local business community compared with the nationwide figure of 16 percent.
The report said the number of net new sole trader businesses in Australia jumped by 55,900 during the 2019-20 financial year, which was more than the increase in the previous year.
Yanchep resident Scott O’Driscoll had been in the area for about 25 years before starting his business Next Level Brickpaving in February.
Prior to starting his own business Mr O’Driscoll worked at a scrap metal business in Neerabup for three years before working for a local landscaper for about the past five years.
He said after that time he thought he was good enough in the trade to go out on his own.
The Demographics Group executive director Bernard Salt said from his nation-wide demographics study of Australian ABNs for the year to June 2020 Yanchep appeared to be a tradie’s paradise.
“I’ve never been to Yanchep but it often pops up as a fast growing community,’’ he said.
“I think Yanchep fulfils the kind of lifestyle that tradies like (beach; big homes) plus it offers access back into the growth areas of Joondalup and Wanneroo.’’
The Xero boss insights 2021 report compiled by The Demographics Group said the pandemic caused widespread lockdowns in Australia from March to June 2020 resulting in labour shedding by bigger businesses.
“It would seem that some of those discharged set up their own sole trader businesses, and that some small businesses laid off staff and tumbled back into sole trader status,’’ the report said.
“It’s almost as if the sole trader base served as a pilot light for Australian entrepreneurship during the pandemic.”
Although saying Australians can be optimistic about the future the report says the coronavirus has clearly hurt the microbusiness and small business community in the hospitality and construction sectors.
“Australian entrepreneurialism might have been dimmed and battered by the pandemic but it isn’t beaten,’’ the report said.
“Recovery is already gathering momentum and part of that story will and must be the firing up of the base of the Australian business pyramid (the sole trader), growing the Australian workforce, and rebuilding our wealth as a nation.’’
In the report Mr Salt, who will be speaking at a Joondalup business forum organised by the City of Joondalup next month, said Australia had come through the coronavirus pandemic better than most countries.
This was partly perhaps because Australia was an island continent but also because Australians quickly learned how to adapt by complying, working together and doing what was necessary to survive.
“Perhaps what we need to aid and to assist the recovery process is to give Australia’s 1.5 million sole traders the confidence to take on an apprentice, to employ workers, to scale up the business, and to be part of Australia’s brave new post-Covid entrepreneurial world.’’
The data in this report was sourced primarily from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
It draws on the following data sets: 1. ABS 8165 counts of Australian businesses, including entries and exits for the period to June 30, 2020, released in February.
The annually updated data set allows the location of Australian businesses geographically and by industry.