City of Adelaide
Employment by industry (Total)
In the City of Adelaide, Public Administration and Safety is the largest employer, generating 24,734 local jobs in 2017/18.
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 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 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.
NOTE: Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series
|Employment (total) by industry|
|City of Adelaide||2017/18||2016/17||Change|
|Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||South Australia%||Number||%||South Australia%||2016/17 to 2017/18|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||160||0.1||4.2||159||0.1||4.1||+1||23000||P|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||2,383||1.7||1.2||2,431||1.8||1.3||-48||23300||P|
|Accommodation and Food Services||10,164||7.3||6.7||9,804||7.3||6.6||+361||23700||P|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||2,542||1.8||4.4||2,365||1.8||4.3||+177||23800||P|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||5,291||3.8||1.4||5,137||3.8||1.5||+154||23900||P|
|Financial and Insurance Services||11,082||8.0||2.7||11,165||8.3||2.8||-83||24000||P|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||2,192||1.6||1.4||2,277||1.7||1.4||-86||24100||P|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||17,707||12.7||5.6||17,744||13.1||5.8||-37||24200||P|
|Administrative and Support Services||5,044||3.6||3.7||4,829||3.6||3.7||+215||24300||P|
|Public Administration and Safety||24,734||17.8||7.0||23,840||17.6||7.0||+894||24400||P|
|Education and Training||11,488||8.3||9.1||11,552||8.5||8.9||-65||24500||P|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||21,750||15.6||15.7||20,371||15.1||15.1||+1,378||24600||P|
|Arts and Recreation Services||3,642||2.6||1.6||3,291||2.4||1.5||+351||24700||P|
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (opens a new window) ©2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures.Learn more
An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in City of Adelaide in 2017/18 shows the three largest industries were:
- Public Administration and Safety (24,734 people or 17.8%)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (21,750 people or 15.6%)
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (17,707 people or 12.7%)
In combination these three industries accounted for 64,191 people in total or 46.1% of the local workers.
In comparison, South Australia employed 7.0% in Public Administration and Safety; 15.7% in Health Care and Social Assistance; and 5.6% 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 Public Administration and Safety (17.8% compared to 7.0%)
- A larger percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (12.7% compared to 5.6%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Manufacturing (0.9% compared to 8.4%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Retail Trade (5.2% compared to 10.8%)
The number of local workers in the City of Adelaide increased by 4,092 between 2016/17 and 2017/18.
The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016/17 and 2017/18 in the City of Adelaide were for those employed in:
- Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,378 local workers)
- Construction (+1,002 local workers)
- Public Administration and Safety (+894 local workers)
- Accommodation and Food Services (+361 local workers)