City of Adelaide

Value added

In the City of Adelaide, Financial and Insurance Services most productive industry, generating $4,130 million in 2021/22.

Value added by industry is an indicator of business productivity in the City of Adelaide. It shows how productive each industry sector is at increasing the value of its inputs. It is a more refined measure of the productivity of an industry sector than output (total gross revenue), as some industries have high levels of output but require large amounts of input expenditure to achieve that.

By comparing the value added of 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 percentage contribution of each industry to the total output, relative to the benchmark, or by using a location quotient, where a number greater than one indicates a high concentration of that industry and less than one indicates a lower concentration.

To see what contribution each industry makes to the state or region, see the Industry sector analysissection. To understand the value of a worker in each industry, view this dataset in conjunction with Worker productivity data, and to see the relationship of value added to the total size of the economy, go to the Gross Regional Product section.

Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Value added by industry sector
City of Adelaide2021/222016/17Change
Industry$m%. South Australia$m%. South Australia2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing47.10.27.424.30.16.6+22.8
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,,
Wholesale Trade337.51.64.9410.12.35.2-72.7
Retail Trade514.22.45.9496.82.76.0+17.4
Accommodation and Food Services543.12.62.6582.03.22.9-38.9
Transport, Postal and Warehousing291.11.44.7345.91.95.2-54.8
Information Media and Telecommunications1,
Financial and Insurance Services4,129.919.78.03,691.520.38.2+438.3
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services686.03.32.8569.93.12.7+116.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,920.613.96.52,091.711.55.6+828.9
Administrative and Support Services887.14.23.7705.43.93.2+181.7
Public Administration and Safety2,618.312.56.52,
Education and Training1,572.47.56.81,520.78.47.0+51.7
Health Care and Social Assistance2,230.510.612.21,694.99.310.4+535.7
Arts and Recreation Services290.41.40.7274.61.50.7+15.8
Other Services207.31.02.2219.01.22.5-11.7
Total industries20,997.1100.0100.018,158.3100.0100.0+2,838.8

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. 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 valued added by industry sectors in the City of Adelaide in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Financial and Insurance Services (4,130 million or 19.7%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2,921 million or 13.9%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (2,618 million or 12.5%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 9,669 million in total or 46.0% of the total value added by industry in the the City of Adelaide.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in South Australia accounted for 8.0% in Financial and Insurance Services; 6.5% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services and 6.5% in Public Administration and Safety.

The major differences between the value added by industries of the City of Adelaide and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of value added by Financial and Insurance Services (19.7% compared to 8.0%)
  • A larger percentage of value added by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (13.9% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of value added by Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.2% compared to 7.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of value added by Manufacturing (0.8% compared to 7.2%)

Emerging groups

The total value added by industry in the City of Adelaide $increased by 2,839 million between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

The largest changes in the value added by industries between 2016/17 and 2021/22 in the City of Adelaide were for:

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+$829 million)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$536 million)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+$438 million)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+$395 million)

City of Adelaide

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