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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 varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, City of Adelaide in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

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Employment (Census) by industry sector
City of Adelaide 20162011Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%South Australia %Number%South Australia %2011 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1670.14.01380.13.9+29
Mining1,2321.01.21,5121.31.3-280
Manufacturing1,0580.98.01,2601.110.6-202
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,9911.71.22,3392.01.3-348
Construction3,4783.07.62,1981.97.5+1,280
Wholesale Trade1,4291.22.81,6291.43.5-200
Retail Trade6,5035.510.76,9196.011.2-416
Accommodation and Food Services9,3528.06.78,1667.16.2+1,186
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,8351.64.11,9851.74.1-150
Information Media and Telecommunications3,9973.41.34,5764.01.4-579
Financial and Insurance Services9,6528.22.79,9978.73.0-345
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,9201.61.31,8861.61.3+34
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services14,50212.35.514,90512.95.5-403
Administrative and Support Services3,7423.23.63,9203.43.4-178
Public Administration and Safety20,78917.77.120,31217.67.1+477
Education and Training10,2038.78.79,1888.08.0+1,015
Health Care and Social Assistance18,10815.414.817,57415.213.6+534
Arts and Recreation Services2,7022.31.42,4342.11.3+268
Other Services2,4572.13.92,4462.13.9+11
Industry not classified2,5022.13.31,9151.71.9+587

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, South Australia: 4.0% Mining, South Australia: 1.2% Manufacturing, South Australia: 8.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, South Australia: 1.2% Construction, South Australia: 7.6% Wholesale Trade, South Australia: 2.8% Retail Trade, South Australia: 10.7% Accommodation and Food Services, South Australia: 6.7% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, South Australia: 4.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, South Australia: 1.3% Financial and Insurance Services, South Australia: 2.7% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, South Australia: 1.3% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, South Australia: 5.5% Administrative and Support Services, South Australia: 3.6% Public Administration and Safety, South Australia: 7.1% Education and Training, South Australia: 8.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, South Australia: 14.8% Arts and Recreation Services, South Australia: 1.4% Other Services, South Australia: 3.9% Industry not classified, South Australia: 3.3% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of Adelaide: 0.1% Mining, City of Adelaide: 1.0% Manufacturing, City of Adelaide: 0.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of Adelaide: 1.7% Construction, City of Adelaide: 3.0% Wholesale Trade, City of Adelaide: 1.2% Retail Trade, City of Adelaide: 5.5% Accommodation and Food Services, City of Adelaide: 8.0% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of Adelaide: 1.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, City of Adelaide: 3.4% Financial and Insurance Services, City of Adelaide: 8.2% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of Adelaide: 1.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of Adelaide: 12.3% Administrative and Support Services, City of Adelaide: 3.2% Public Administration and Safety, City of Adelaide: 17.7% Education and Training, City of Adelaide: 8.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, City of Adelaide: 15.4% Arts and Recreation Services, City of Adelaide: 2.3% Other Services, City of Adelaide: 2.1% Industry not classified, City of Adelaide: 2.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment (Census) by industry sector, 2011 to 2016
Change in employment (Census) by industry sector, 2011 to 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, City of Adelaide: +29 Mining, City of Adelaide: -280 Manufacturing, City of Adelaide: -202 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, City of Adelaide: -348 Construction, City of Adelaide: +1,280 Wholesale Trade, City of Adelaide: -200 Retail Trade, City of Adelaide: -416 Accommodation and Food Services, City of Adelaide: +1,186 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, City of Adelaide: -150 Information Media and Telecommunications, City of Adelaide: -579 Financial and Insurance Services, City of Adelaide: -345 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, City of Adelaide: +34 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, City of Adelaide: -403 Administrative and Support Services, City of Adelaide: -178 Public Administration and Safety, City of Adelaide: +477 Education and Training, City of Adelaide: +1,015 Health Care and Social Assistance, City of Adelaide: +534 Arts and Recreation Services, City of Adelaide: +268 Other Services, City of Adelaide: +11 Industry not classified, City of Adelaide: +587
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 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 Adelaide in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Public Administration and Safety (20,789 local workers 17.7%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (18,108 local workers 15.4%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (14,502 local workers 12.3%)

In combination these three industries employed 53,399 people in total or 45.4% of local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 7.1% in Public Administration and Safety; 14.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance; and 5.5% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of Adelaide and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (17.7% compared to 7.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (12.3% compared to 5.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Financial and Insurance Services (8.2% compared to 2.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Manufacturing (0.9% compared to 8.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the City of Adelaide were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+1,280 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+1,186 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,015 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+587 local workers)

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