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Employment by industry (Census)

Financial and Insurance Services is the largest employer in the City of Sydney, making up 19.7% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in City of 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 2006 and 2011 – by place of work

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
City of Sydney 20112006Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2006 to 2011
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1680.02.32290.12.8-61
Mining9920.31.06790.20.7+313
Manufacturing9,7592.58.511,2273.19.7-1,468
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3,0190.81.13,6251.01.0-606
Construction9,8852.57.38,2222.37.1+1,663
Wholesale Trade11,0322.84.512,4633.54.8-1,431
Retail Trade20,9325.310.519,8975.611.3+1,035
Accommodation and Food Services25,2946.46.823,3386.56.6+1,956
Transport, Postal and Warehousing13,6273.45.014,5184.15.0-891
Information Media and Telecommunications26,0926.62.422,4046.32.4+3,688
Financial and Insurance Services77,93819.75.269,45919.45.2+8,479
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services8,1502.11.76,7881.91.8+1,362
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services73,54418.68.061,21117.17.5+12,333
Administrative and Support Services17,2894.43.316,4364.63.1+853
Public Administration and Safety30,9907.86.029,7498.36.0+1,241
Education and Training21,4375.48.117,5714.97.8+3,866
Health Care and Social Assistance21,3695.411.818,8235.310.7+2,546
Arts and Recreation Services9,8532.51.58,2052.31.4+1,648
Other Services10,0972.63.89,0202.53.9+1,077
Industry not classified3,8651.01.23,9231.11.2-58

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

Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2011
Employment (Census) by industry sector, 2011 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, New South Wales: 2.3% Mining, New South Wales: 1.0% Manufacturing, New South Wales: 8.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, New South Wales: 1.1% Construction, New South Wales: 7.3% Wholesale Trade, New South Wales: 4.5% Retail Trade, New South Wales: 10.5% Accommodation and Food Services, New South Wales: 6.8% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, New South Wales: 5.0% Information Media and Telecommunications, New South Wales: 2.4% Financial and Insurance Services, New South Wales: 5.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, New South Wales: 1.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, New South Wales: 8.0% Administrative and Support Services, New South Wales: 3.3% Public Administration and Safety, New South Wales: 6.0% Education and Training, New South Wales: 8.1% Health Care and Social Assistance, New South Wales: 11.8% Arts and Recreation Services, New South Wales: 1.5% Other Services, New South Wales: 3.8% Industry not classified, New South Wales: 1.2% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of Sydney: 0.0% Mining, City of Sydney: 0.3% Manufacturing, City of Sydney: 2.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of Sydney: 0.8% Construction, City of Sydney: 2.5% Wholesale Trade, City of Sydney: 2.8% Retail Trade, City of Sydney: 5.3% Accommodation and Food Services, City of Sydney: 6.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of Sydney: 3.4% Information Media and Telecommunications, City of Sydney: 6.6% Financial and Insurance Services, City of Sydney: 19.7% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of Sydney: 2.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of Sydney: 18.6% Administrative and Support Services, City of Sydney: 4.4% Public Administration and Safety, City of Sydney: 7.8% Education and Training, City of Sydney: 5.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, City of Sydney: 5.4% Arts and Recreation Services, City of Sydney: 2.5% Other Services, City of Sydney: 2.6% Industry not classified, City of Sydney: 1.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment (Census) by industry sector, 2006 to 2011
Change in employment (Census) by industry sector, 2006 to 2011 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of Sydney: -61 Mining, City of Sydney: +313 Manufacturing, City of Sydney: -1,468 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of Sydney: -606 Construction, City of Sydney: +1,663 Wholesale Trade, City of Sydney: -1,431 Retail Trade, City of Sydney: +1,035 Accommodation and Food Services, City of Sydney: +1,956 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of Sydney: -891 Information Media and Telecommunications, City of Sydney: +3,688 Financial and Insurance Services, City of Sydney: +8,479 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of Sydney: +1,362 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of Sydney: +12,333 Administrative and Support Services, City of Sydney: +853 Public Administration and Safety, City of Sydney: +1,241 Education and Training, City of Sydney: +3,866 Health Care and Social Assistance, City of Sydney: +2,546 Arts and Recreation Services, City of Sydney: +1,648 Other Services, City of Sydney: +1,077 Industry not classified, City of Sydney: -58
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local female in City of Sydney in 2011 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Financial and Insurance Services (77,938 local workers 19.7%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (73,544 local workers 18.6%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (30,990 local workers 7.8%)

In combination these three industries employed 182,472 people in total or 46.2% of local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 5.2% in Financial and Insurance Services; 8.0% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and 6.0% 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 (19.7% compared to 5.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (18.6% compared to 8.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (5.4% compared to 11.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Manufacturing (2.5% compared to 8.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2006 and 2011 in the City of Sydney were for those employed in:

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+12,333 local workers)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+8,479 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+3,866 local workers)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+3,688 local workers)

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