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Greater Sydney

Industry sector of employment

More Greater Sydney residents worked in health care and social assistance than any other industry in 2016.

Greater Sydney’s industry statistics identify the industry sectors in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This will be influenced by the skill base and socio-economic status of the residents as well as the industries and employment opportunities present in the region.

When viewed in conjunction with Residents Place of Work data and Method of Travel to Work, industry sector statistics provide insights into the relationship between the economic and residential role of the area.

Derived from the two Census questions:

'What best describes the business of your employer?' and 'What are the main goods produced or main services provided by your employers business?'

Employed persons aged 15 years and over

Industry sector of employment
Greater Sydney - Employed persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Industry sectorNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing9,9220.42.57,7860.42.5+2,136
Mining4,7740.21.74,3380.21.8+436
Manufacturing130,8315.86.4175,2568.59.0-44,425
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services17,7570.81.118,5560.91.1-799
Construction186,3318.28.5145,5447.18.2+40,787
Retail Trade211,8899.39.9202,7289.810.5+9,161
Wholesale trade81,4773.62.9108,5305.34.0-27,053
Accommodation and Food Services151,8286.76.9127,8616.26.5+23,967
Transport, Postal and Warehousing114,5975.04.7109,3885.34.8+5,209
Information Media and Telecommunications63,4222.81.761,8203.01.8+1,602
Financial and Insurance Services144,8096.43.6135,2176.63.8+9,592
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services44,1821.91.736,2451.81.6+7,937
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services223,7119.87.3198,0489.67.3+25,663
Administrative and Support Services81,3973.63.472,0963.53.2+9,301
Public Administration and Safety124,4345.56.7115,5815.66.9+8,853
Education and Training182,7678.08.7156,6047.68.0+26,163
Health Care and Social Assistance263,35611.612.6224,83210.911.6+38,524
Arts and Recreation Services37,9561.71.733,1251.61.5+4,831
Other Services80,8993.63.775,3543.73.8+5,545
Inadequately described or not stated116,3885.14.454,3662.62.3+62,022

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Industry sector of employment, 2016
Industry sector of employment, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Australia: 2.5% Mining, Australia: 1.7% Manufacturing, Australia: 6.4% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Australia: 1.1% Construction, Australia: 8.5% Retail Trade, Australia: 9.9% Wholesale trade, Australia: 2.9% Accommodation and Food Services, Australia: 6.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Australia: 4.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, Australia: 1.7% Financial and Insurance Services, Australia: 3.6% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Australia: 1.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Australia: 7.3% Administrative and Support Services, Australia: 3.4% Public Administration and Safety, Australia: 6.7% Education and Training, Australia: 8.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, Australia: 12.6% Arts and Recreation Services, Australia: 1.7% Other Services, Australia: 3.7% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Mining, Greater Sydney: 0.2% Manufacturing, Greater Sydney: 5.8% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Greater Sydney: 0.8% Construction, Greater Sydney: 8.2% Retail Trade, Greater Sydney: 9.3% Wholesale trade, Greater Sydney: 3.6% Accommodation and Food Services, Greater Sydney: 6.7% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Greater Sydney: 5.0% Information Media and Telecommunications, Greater Sydney: 2.8% Financial and Insurance Services, Greater Sydney: 6.4% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Greater Sydney: 1.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Greater Sydney: 9.8% Administrative and Support Services, Greater Sydney: 3.6% Public Administration and Safety, Greater Sydney: 5.5% Education and Training, Greater Sydney: 8.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Greater Sydney: 11.6% Arts and Recreation Services, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Other Services, Greater Sydney: 3.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in industry sector of employment, 2011 to 2016
Change in industry sector of employment, 2011 to 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Greater Sydney: +2,136 Mining, Greater Sydney: +436 Manufacturing, Greater Sydney: -44,425 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Greater Sydney: -799 Construction, Greater Sydney: +40,787 Retail Trade, Greater Sydney: +9,161 Wholesale trade, Greater Sydney: -27,053 Accommodation and Food Services, Greater Sydney: +23,967 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Greater Sydney: +5,209 Information Media and Telecommunications, Greater Sydney: +1,602 Financial and Insurance Services, Greater Sydney: +9,592 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Greater Sydney: +7,937 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Greater Sydney: +25,663 Administrative and Support Services, Greater Sydney: +9,301 Public Administration and Safety, Greater Sydney: +8,853 Education and Training, Greater Sydney: +26,163 Health Care and Social Assistance, Greater Sydney: +38,524 Arts and Recreation Services, Greater Sydney: +4,831 Other Services, Greater Sydney: +5,545
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident population in Greater Sydney in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (263,356 people or 11.6%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (223,711 people or 9.8%)
  • Retail Trade (211,889 people or 9.3%)

In combination, these three industries employed 698,956 people in total or 30.8% of the total employed resident population.

In comparison, Australia employed 12.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 7.3% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and 9.9% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of Greater Sydney and Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed in financial and insurance services (6.4% compared to 3.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed in professional, scientific and technical services (9.8% compared to 7.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (0.4% compared to 2.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in mining (0.2% compared to 1.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Greater Sydney increased by 209,452 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident population between 2011 and 2016 in Greater Sydney were for those employed in:

  • Manufacturing (-44,425 persons)
  • Construction (+40,787 persons)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+38,524 persons)
  • Wholesale trade (-27,053 persons)

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