City of Adelaide

Worker productivity

In the City of Adelaide, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services had the highest productivity by industry, generating $422,744 per worker in 2018/19.

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 prices2018/192013/14Change
Industry$South Australia$$South Australia$ 2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing202,402164,192202,737156,862-334
Mining211,555263,401226,785294,460-15,230
Manufacturing85,21789,00392,475100,695-7,258
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services422,744312,169331,996267,428+90,748
Construction107,578104,372125,141108,417-17,563
Wholesale Trade189,491180,470184,198167,846+5,293
Retail Trade64,65355,92062,45254,015+2,201
Accommodation and Food Services52,07947,08354,77747,720-2,698
Transport, Postal and Warehousing135,889108,303122,349117,978+13,540
Information Media and Telecommunications217,203190,552143,521125,698+73,682
Financial and Insurance Services325,193328,409312,717316,786+12,476
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services312,124239,744263,911202,301+48,213
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services110,606103,731107,893101,413+2,713
Administrative and Support Services137,70596,543146,81598,501-9,110
Public Administration and Safety84,78494,56683,88397,569+901
Education and Training112,73783,206121,23885,068-8,500
Health Care and Social Assistance95,51286,76282,39974,707+13,114
Arts and Recreation Services69,80654,02977,07461,455-7,268
Other Services78,78565,58772,91562,215+5,870
Total worker productivity129,488105,498125,533104,844+3,955

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts. Data are based on a 2016-17 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 2018/19 shows the three highest industries were:

  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($422,744)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($325,193)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services ($312,124)

In comparison, the same 3 industries in South Australia were for $312,169 in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; $328,409 in Financial and Insurance Services and $239,744 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 ($137,705 compared to $96,543)
  • A lower worker productivity in Mining ($211,555 compared to $263,401)
  • A higher worker productivity in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services ($312,124 compared to $239,744)
  • A higher worker productivity in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($422,744 compared to $312,169)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in the City of Adelaide increased by $3,955 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in the City of Adelaide were for those employed in:

  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$90,748)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+$73,682)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$48,213)
  • Construction (-$17,563)

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