City of Adelaide

Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of Adelaide, Public Administration and Safety is the largest employer, generating 23,644 local jobs in 2019/20.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the City of Adelaide. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the City of Adelaide regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the City of Adelaide's economy. This can be done by directly comparing the area to its benchmark, or by using a location quotient to look at the relative size of industries.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
City of Adelaide2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1300.13.81650.14.5-35
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2,7391.91.42,8212.11.4-81
Wholesale Trade2,0071.43.21,8811.43.1+126
Retail Trade6,9794.910.26,9685.210.8+11
Accommodation and Food Services9,9247.06.39,2816.96.5+643
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,9892.14.62,5201.94.5+469
Information Media and Telecommunications6,5444.61.75,5074.11.5+1,037
Financial and Insurance Services11,2817.92.711,0458.22.8+236
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,2561.61.32,2281.71.3+29
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services20,80214.66.518,25013.65.9+2,552
Administrative and Support Services5,2873.73.84,6293.43.5+657
Public Administration and Safety23,64416.66.723,21017.37.0+434
Education and Training12,6438.98.311,1268.38.5+1,516
Health Care and Social Assistance19,92214.014.519,50414.514.4+419
Arts and Recreation Services3,3772.41.53,6152.71.5-239
Other Services2,6981.93.82,8112.14.0-113
Total industries142,723100.0100.0134,401100.0100.0+8,323

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the City of Adelaide in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Public Administration and Safety (23,644 people or 16.6%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (20,802 people or 14.6%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (19,922 people or 14.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 64,368 people in total or 45.1% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 6.7% in Public Administration and Safety; 6.5% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services and 14.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

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 the field of Public Administration and Safety (16.6% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (1.0% compared to 9.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (14.6% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (4.9% compared to 10.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the City of Adelaide increased by increased by 8,323 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+2,552 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,516 local workers)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+1,037 local workers)
  • Construction (+833 local workers)

City of Adelaide

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