City of Adelaide

Worker productivity

In the City of Adelaide, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services had the highest productivity by industry, generating $454,464 per worker in 2020/21.

Worker productivity by industry is calculated by dividing the industry value add by the number of persons employed in that industry. It shows which industries generate the most value add per employee. Some industry sectors, such as retail trade, are not highly productive per worker, but they employ a lot of people. Other industries, such as mining, employ fewer people but generate high levels of productivity. Each plays an important role in the economy.

Worker productivity data should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total)and Employment by industry (FTE), to see the relative size of employment in each industry, and with Local workers income to see how many local workers are actually each in each industry, and with Sources of income data to see whether employment is the main way income is derived.

Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section. National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Productivity per worker (annual) by industry
City of Adelaide - Constant prices2020/212015/16Change
Industry$South Australia$$South Australia$ 2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing148,782183,811130,834155,598+17,949
Mining294,815233,828270,358420,550+24,456
Manufacturing95,63096,37892,020102,211+3,611
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services454,464382,569448,118342,394+6,347
Construction111,730107,480132,481117,270-20,751
Wholesale Trade232,204203,076214,786177,255+17,419
Retail Trade78,23866,81171,72561,099+6,513
Accommodation and Food Services53,53847,94758,56549,692-5,027
Transport, Postal and Warehousing121,277103,889144,976130,157-23,699
Information Media and Telecommunications195,395177,577158,068143,353+37,327
Financial and Insurance Services329,727334,779327,746332,471+1,981
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services304,783244,873272,331209,617+32,452
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services111,011105,293107,954101,073+3,057
Administrative and Support Services144,032101,266158,676107,323-14,644
Public Administration and Safety93,815118,24785,943106,054+7,872
Education and Training118,41387,507138,18889,911-19,774
Health Care and Social Assistance113,36492,53381,79476,309+31,570
Arts and Recreation Services72,09555,64782,70658,609-10,611
Other Services65,29161,06279,00367,655-13,712
Total worker productivity136,092112,619132,742111,024+3,350

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions). Data are based on a 2018-19 price base for all years. NIEIR-ID data are inflation adjusted each year to allow direct comparison, and annual data releases adjust previous years’ figures to a new base year.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 2020/21 shows the three highest industries were:

  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($454,464)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($329,727)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services ($304,783)

In comparison, the same 3 industries in South Australia were for $382,569 in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; $334,779 in Financial and Insurance Services and $244,873 in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.

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

  • A higher worker productivity in Administrative and Support Services ($144,032 compared to $101,266)
  • A higher worker productivity in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services ($304,783 compared to $244,873)
  • A higher worker productivity in Mining ($294,815 compared to $233,828)
  • A higher worker productivity in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($454,464 compared to $382,569)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in the City of Adelaide increased by $3,350 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2015/16 and 2020/21 in the City of Adelaide were for those employed in:

  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+$37,327)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$32,452)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$31,570)
  • Mining (+$24,456)

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