City of Adelaide
Employment by industry (Census)
Public Administration and Safety is the largest employer in the City of Adelaide, making up 17.7% of total employment.
Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in City of Adelaide regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across the City of Adelaide.
NOTE: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by at at least 20% due to poor recording of workplace addresses, and large numbers of workers who don’t answer the relevant question, or have no usual workplace address. While this data shows the underlying structure of the economy and relative proportions of different industries, it should not be used as an accurate measure of local jobs. Census employment data should be viewed alongside modelled Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (FTE) data which resolves the undercount issue and is a more accurate and up to date reflection of total job numbers.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by place of work
|Employment (Census) by industry sector|
|City of Adelaide||2016|
|Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Greater Adelaide %|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||162||0.1||1.1||25000||P|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||1,985||1.7||1.3||28000||P|
|Accommodation and Food Services||9,357||8.0||6.9||32000||P|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||1,833||1.6||4.2||33000||P|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||4,004||3.4||1.5||34000||P|
|Financial and Insurance Services||9,650||8.2||3.3||35000||P|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||1,918||1.6||1.5||36000||P|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||14,500||12.3||6.5||37000||P|
|Administrative and Support Services||3,739||3.2||3.2||38000||P|
|Public Administration and Safety||20,795||17.7||8.0||39000||P|
|Education and Training||10,221||8.7||9.2||40000||P|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||18,101||15.4||15.9||41000||P|
|Arts and Recreation Services||2,707||2.3||1.5||42000||P|
|Industry not classified||2,498||2.1||3.2||44000||P|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in City of Adelaide in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:
- Public Administration and Safety (20,795 local workers 17.7%)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (18,101 local workers 15.4%)
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (14,500 local workers 12.3%)
In combination these three industries employed 53,396 people in total or 45.4% of local workers.
In comparison, Greater Adelaide employed 8.0% in Public Administration and Safety; 15.9% in Health Care and Social Assistance; and 6.5% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of Adelaide and Greater Adelaide were:
- A larger percentage of local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (17.7% compared to 8.0%)
- A larger percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (12.3% compared to 6.5%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Manufacturing (0.9% compared to 7.8%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Retail Trade (5.5% compared to 11.2%)