City of Adelaide

Employment by industry (FTE)

In the City of Adelaide, Public Administration and Safety is the largest employer, generating 20,832 FTE jobs in 2018/19.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) employment is modelled by NIEIR and takes into account differences in hours worked between industry sectors. It is a measure that allows direct comparison of employment between industries in the City of Adelaide.

Typically, industries such as Retail Trade and Accommodation and Food Services, which employ many part-time workers, have lower FTE employment than total employment.

FTE employment is calculated directly by dividing the total hours worked in each industry by 38. By comparing the number of full-time equivalent 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.

FTE employment should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (Census), for a full understanding of the industry breakdown in the area. Worker productivity data shows the value of a worker in each industry to the local economy. Employment locations shows where employment is taking place in each industry sector.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note: FTE employment is derived from Census data but has been corrected for the known undercount of employment in the Census. Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in thespecific topic notes section.
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Full-time equivalent employment by industry sector
City of Adelaide2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1520.15.31850.26.1-33
Mining1,5441.31.92,4962.12.4-953
Manufacturing1,2431.09.61,3861.210.6-144
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2,6212.21.82,6422.31.5-22
Construction7,0775.89.87,3596.39.2-282
Wholesale Trade1,6181.33.41,7621.53.6-145
Retail Trade5,2884.48.95,2614.59.2+27
Accommodation and Food Services8,0576.65.56,6845.75.0+1,374
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,8832.45.32,4622.15.4+421
Information Media and Telecommunications4,5593.81.44,9394.21.6-380
Financial and Insurance Services9,1557.52.59,2618.02.8-106
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,0251.71.42,1121.81.5-87
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services19,05015.76.817,09214.76.2+1,958
Administrative and Support Services4,1643.43.23,6513.12.9+513
Public Administration and Safety20,83217.26.819,50416.86.9+1,328
Education and Training9,7738.17.89,5998.37.9+174
Health Care and Social Assistance15,97613.213.314,80012.712.1+1,176
Arts and Recreation Services2,8342.31.42,6342.31.3+200
Other Services2,4182.04.02,4892.14.0-71
Total industries121,267100.0100.0116,319100.0100.0+4,949

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts. 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 full-time equivalent local workers in the City of Adelaide in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Public Administration and Safety (20,832 people or 17.2%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (19,050 people or 15.7%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (15,976 people or 13.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 55,858 people in total or 46.1% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 6.8% in Public Administration and Safety; 6.8% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services and 13.3% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

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

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (17.2% compared to 6.8%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (15.7% compared to 6.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Manufacturing (1.0% compared to 9.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.1% compared to 5.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the City of Adelaide increased by increased by 4,949 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in the City of Adelaide were for those employed in:

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+1,958 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+1,374 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+1,328 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,176 full-time equivalent local workers)

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