City of Adelaide

Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of Adelaide, Public Administration and Safety is the largest employer, generating 23,944 local jobs in 2020/21.

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 Adelaide2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1270.13.81600.14.2-33
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2,1261.41.22,6922.01.4-566
Wholesale Trade1,4611.03.01,8781.43.0-417
Retail Trade7,0934.810.06,9875.110.8+106
Accommodation and Food Services12,5688.56.39,6327.16.7+2,936
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,8502.64.52,4251.84.4+1,425
Information Media and Telecommunications5,6943.81.35,5154.11.5+180
Financial and Insurance Services11,9218.02.711,1278.22.8+794
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,4731.71.32,2981.71.4+175
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services23,50215.86.718,26813.46.0+5,234
Administrative and Support Services5,1493.53.44,6793.43.6+470
Public Administration and Safety23,94416.16.823,51817.37.0+426
Education and Training13,0058.89.211,4908.58.8+1,515
Health Care and Social Assistance20,61113.914.919,87414.614.8+736
Arts and Recreation Services3,1452.11.43,4842.61.4-339
Other Services2,7411.83.92,8132.14.0-72
Total industries148,369100.0100.0135,841100.0100.0+12,528

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 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Public Administration and Safety (23,944 people or 16.1%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (23,502 people or 15.8%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (20,611 people or 13.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 68,057 people in total or 45.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 6.8% in Public Administration and Safety; 6.7% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services and 14.9% 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 (16.1% compared to 6.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (15.8% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (0.7% compared to 9.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (8.0% compared to 2.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the City of Adelaide increased by increased by 12,528 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+5,234 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+2,936 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,515 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+1,425 local workers)

City of Adelaide

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