City of Adelaide

Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of Adelaide, Public Administration and Safety is the largest employer, generating 25,972 local jobs in 2018/19.

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 Adelaide2018/192003/04Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2003/04 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1450.14.03030.35.4-158
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2,6561.81.41,1681.11.1+1,488
Wholesale Trade1,6611.23.11,8241.74.1-163
Retail Trade7,3765.111.07,7977.111.3-421
Accommodation and Food Services10,7367.46.77,4756.85.9+3,261
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,9452.04.52,6592.44.3+286
Information Media and Telecommunications5,1893.61.45,7065.21.9-517
Financial and Insurance Services12,3168.52.910,5029.63.2+1,814
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,0001.41.21,8721.71.4+128
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services18,98713.25.913,26712.15.2+5,719
Administrative and Support Services4,9613.43.54,8584.43.7+102
Public Administration and Safety25,97218.07.316,69215.36.0+9,280
Education and Training12,1328.48.67,4066.87.4+4,726
Health Care and Social Assistance20,76114.414.515,93814.612.4+4,823
Arts and Recreation Services3,4312.41.42,7322.51.4+699
Other Services2,9522.04.12,8682.64.1+85
Total industries144,382100.0100.0109,386100.0100.0+34,997

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in 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 local workers in the City of Adelaide in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Public Administration and Safety (25,972 people or 18.0%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (20,761 people or 14.4%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (18,987 people or 13.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 65,720 people in total or 45.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 7.3% in Public Administration and Safety; 14.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 5.9% 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 the field of Public Administration and Safety (18.0% compared to 7.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (0.9% compared to 8.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (13.2% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (5.1% compared to 11.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the City of Adelaide increased by increased by 34,997 between 2003/04 and 2018/19.

  • Public Administration and Safety (+9,280 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+5,719 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+4,823 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+4,726 local workers)

City of Adelaide

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