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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 2011.

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?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Industry sector of employment
Greater Sydney - Employed persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Industry sectorNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing7,7860.42.58,4680.43.1-682
Mining4,3380.21.83,2160.21.2+1,122
Manufacturing175,2568.59.0184,7799.710.5-9,523
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services18,5560.91.116,0500.81.0+2,506
Construction145,5447.18.2134,5957.17.8+10,949
Wholesale trade108,5305.34.0105,6325.64.4+2,898
Retail Trade202,7289.810.5200,17010.511.3+2,558
Accommodation and Food Services127,8616.26.5114,8726.06.3+12,989
Transport, Postal and Warehousing109,3885.34.8102,3595.44.7+7,029
Information Media and Telecommunications61,8203.01.857,2283.01.9+4,592
Financial and Insurance Services135,2176.63.8122,1476.43.8+13,070
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services36,2451.81.635,2141.91.7+1,031
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services198,0489.67.3168,8418.96.6+29,207
Administrative and Support Services72,0963.53.265,0083.43.1+7,088
Public Administration and Safety115,5815.66.9105,6245.66.7+9,957
Education and Training156,6047.68.0136,6337.27.7+19,971
Health Care and Social Assistance224,83210.911.6189,44610.010.5+35,386
Arts and Recreation Services33,1251.61.527,4231.41.4+5,702
Other Services75,3543.73.871,3403.73.7+4,014
Inadequately described or not stated54,3662.62.353,8032.82.6+563

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Industry sector of employment, 2011
Industry sector of employment, 2011 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Australia: 2.5% Mining, Australia: 1.8% Manufacturing, Australia: 9.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Australia: 1.1% Construction, Australia: 8.2% Wholesale trade, Australia: 4.0% Retail Trade, Australia: 10.5% Accommodation and Food Services, Australia: 6.5% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Australia: 4.8% Information Media and Telecommunications, Australia: 1.8% Financial and Insurance Services, Australia: 3.8% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Australia: 1.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Australia: 7.3% Administrative and Support Services, Australia: 3.2% Public Administration and Safety, Australia: 6.9% Education and Training, Australia: 8.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Australia: 11.6% Arts and Recreation Services, Australia: 1.5% Other Services, Australia: 3.8% Inadequately described or not stated, Australia: 2.3% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Mining, Greater Sydney: 0.2% Manufacturing, Greater Sydney: 8.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Greater Sydney: 0.9% Construction, Greater Sydney: 7.1% Wholesale trade, Greater Sydney: 5.3% Retail Trade, Greater Sydney: 9.8% Accommodation and Food Services, Greater Sydney: 6.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Greater Sydney: 5.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Greater Sydney: 6.6% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Greater Sydney: 1.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Greater Sydney: 9.6% Administrative and Support Services, Greater Sydney: 3.5% Public Administration and Safety, Greater Sydney: 5.6% Education and Training, Greater Sydney: 7.6% Health Care and Social Assistance, Greater Sydney: 10.9% Arts and Recreation Services, Greater Sydney: 1.6% Other Services, Greater Sydney: 3.7% Inadequately described or not stated, Greater Sydney: 2.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in industry sector of employment, 2006 to 2011
Change in industry sector of employment, 2006 to 2011 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Greater Sydney: -682 Mining, Greater Sydney: +1,122 Manufacturing, Greater Sydney: -9,523 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Greater Sydney: +2,506 Construction, Greater Sydney: +10,949 Wholesale trade, Greater Sydney: +2,898 Retail Trade, Greater Sydney: +2,558 Accommodation and Food Services, Greater Sydney: +12,989 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Greater Sydney: +7,029 Information Media and Telecommunications, Greater Sydney: +4,592 Financial and Insurance Services, Greater Sydney: +13,070 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Greater Sydney: +1,031 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Greater Sydney: +29,207 Administrative and Support Services, Greater Sydney: +7,088 Public Administration and Safety, Greater Sydney: +9,957 Education and Training, Greater Sydney: +19,971 Health Care and Social Assistance, Greater Sydney: +35,386 Arts and Recreation Services, Greater Sydney: +5,702 Other Services, Greater Sydney: +4,014 Inadequately described or not stated, Greater Sydney: +563
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 2011 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (224,832 people or 10.9%)
  • Retail Trade (202,728 people or 9.8%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (198,048 people or 9.6%)

In combination, these three industries employed 625,608 people in total or 30.3% of the total employed resident population.

In comparison, Australia employed 11.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.5% in Retail Trade; and 7.3% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

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 (6.6% compared to 3.8%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed in professional, scientific and technical services (9.6% 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 1.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Greater Sydney increased by 160,427 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident population between 2006 and 2011 in Greater Sydney were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+35,386 persons)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+29,207 persons)
  • Education and Training (+19,971 persons)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+13,070 persons)

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