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Employment by industry (Census)

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is the largest employer in the City of Sydney, making up 19.4% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in City of Sydney 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 Sydney.

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

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
City of Sydney 2016
Industry
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Number%New South Wales %
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5180.12.2
Mining1,0870.20.9
Manufacturing7,5261.55.9
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2,9190.60.9
Construction17,6103.58.4
Wholesale Trade8,8331.83.1
Retail Trade27,7425.69.7
Accommodation and Food Services35,5947.17.1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing13,0582.64.7
Information Media and Telecommunications27,5975.52.2
Financial and Insurance Services88,48217.75.0
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services12,3832.51.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services96,74519.48.1
Administrative and Support Services21,1094.23.5
Public Administration and Safety36,9817.45.9
Education and Training29,5275.98.3
Health Care and Social Assistance27,4275.512.5
Arts and Recreation Services12,5262.51.5
Other Services11,5052.33.7
Industry not classified20,2044.04.7

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

Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016
Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, New South Wales: 2.2% Mining, New South Wales: 0.9% Manufacturing, New South Wales: 5.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, New South Wales: 0.9% Construction, New South Wales: 8.4% Wholesale Trade, New South Wales: 3.1% Retail Trade, New South Wales: 9.7% Accommodation and Food Services, New South Wales: 7.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, New South Wales: 4.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, New South Wales: 2.2% Financial and Insurance Services, New South Wales: 5.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, New South Wales: 1.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, New South Wales: 8.1% Administrative and Support Services, New South Wales: 3.5% Public Administration and Safety, New South Wales: 5.9% Education and Training, New South Wales: 8.3% Health Care and Social Assistance, New South Wales: 12.5% Arts and Recreation Services, New South Wales: 1.5% Other Services, New South Wales: 3.7% Industry not classified, New South Wales: 4.7% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of Sydney: 0.1% Mining, City of Sydney: 0.2% Manufacturing, City of Sydney: 1.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of Sydney: 0.6% Construction, City of Sydney: 3.5% Wholesale Trade, City of Sydney: 1.8% Retail Trade, City of Sydney: 5.6% Accommodation and Food Services, City of Sydney: 7.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of Sydney: 2.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, City of Sydney: 5.5% Financial and Insurance Services, City of Sydney: 17.7% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of Sydney: 2.5% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of Sydney: 19.4% Administrative and Support Services, City of Sydney: 4.2% Public Administration and Safety, City of Sydney: 7.4% Education and Training, City of Sydney: 5.9% Health Care and Social Assistance, City of Sydney: 5.5% Arts and Recreation Services, City of Sydney: 2.5% Other Services, City of Sydney: 2.3% Industry not classified, City of Sydney: 4.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in City of Sydney in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (96,745 local workers 19.4%)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (88,482 local workers 17.7%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (36,981 local workers 7.4%)

In combination these three industries employed 222,208 people in total or 44.5% of local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 8.1% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; 5.0% in Financial and Insurance Services; and 5.9% in Public Administration and Safety.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of Sydney and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Financial and Insurance Services (17.7% compared to 5.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (19.4% compared to 8.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (5.5% compared to 12.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Construction (3.5% compared to 8.4%)

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