City of Adelaide

Employment by industry (FTE)

In the City of Adelaide, Public Administration and Safety is the largest employer, generating 20,102 FTE jobs in 2019/20.

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 Adelaide2019/202001/02Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2001/02 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1210.14.73150.46.9-194
Mining1,7761.52.09571.10.9+819
Manufacturing1,2911.110.11,5851.814.9-294
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2,5542.21.79311.11.0+1,622
Construction5,4634.79.62,5822.96.6+2,881
Wholesale Trade1,7591.53.41,5751.84.5+183
Retail Trade5,2534.58.96,2277.110.4-974
Accommodation and Food Services6,9475.94.96,7987.75.7+149
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,6292.25.12,2452.64.7+384
Information Media and Telecommunications5,2864.51.64,4305.01.8+855
Financial and Insurance Services8,6627.42.58,85010.13.2-188
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,9911.71.41,6901.91.5+300
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services18,80516.17.111,55613.15.5+7,249
Administrative and Support Services3,9653.43.33,7744.33.3+190
Public Administration and Safety20,10217.26.912,11513.85.3+7,986
Education and Training10,2428.88.25,6886.57.5+4,554
Health Care and Social Assistance15,29013.113.411,77613.410.9+3,514
Arts and Recreation Services2,5472.21.32,4332.81.2+114
Other Services2,2101.93.92,3572.74.2-146
Total industries116,890100.0100.087,885100.0100.0+29,005

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id 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 full-time equivalent local workers in the City of Adelaide in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Public Administration and Safety (20,102 people or 17.2%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (18,805 people or 16.1%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (15,290 people or 13.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 54,197 people in total or 46.4% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 6.9% in Public Administration and Safety; 7.1% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services and 13.4% 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 6.9%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (16.1% compared to 7.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Manufacturing (1.1% compared to 10.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Construction (4.7% compared to 9.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the City of Adelaide increased by increased by 29,005 between 2001/02 and 2019/20.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2001/02 and 2019/20 in the City of Adelaide were for those employed in:

  • Public Administration and Safety (+7,986 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+7,249 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Education and Training (+4,554 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+3,514 full-time equivalent local workers)

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