City of Adelaide

Worker productivity

In the City of Adelaide, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services had the highest productivity by industry, generating $412,830 per worker in 2019/20.

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 prices2019/202012/13Change
Industry$South Australia$$South Australia$ 2012/13 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing110,117147,883112,679171,236-2,563
Mining243,668285,275225,621352,019+18,047
Manufacturing83,79284,99589,612104,315-5,820
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services412,830324,149362,837295,104+49,993
Construction101,187104,187125,053105,276-23,866
Wholesale Trade196,923164,320182,465165,432+14,458
Retail Trade71,26060,95660,76853,177+10,492
Accommodation and Food Services54,82247,47960,22950,604-5,406
Transport, Postal and Warehousing109,033106,262130,739119,225-21,706
Information Media and Telecommunications159,836142,158124,572113,891+35,264
Financial and Insurance Services357,631362,850309,016313,387+48,615
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services295,535235,143271,260204,268+24,274
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services108,198102,331115,258108,609-7,061
Administrative and Support Services138,67194,072145,385103,543-6,714
Public Administration and Safety105,158116,68381,09799,667+24,061
Education and Training117,09690,627133,14292,956-16,046
Health Care and Social Assistance104,70092,15583,23674,202+21,464
Arts and Recreation Services75,75756,81677,09557,553-1,338
Other Services76,91965,79974,06664,295+2,852
Total worker productivity135,747108,859127,136107,968+8,612

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 2019/20 shows the three highest industries were:

  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($412,830)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($357,631)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services ($295,535)

In comparison, the same 3 industries in South Australia were for $324,149 in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; $362,850 in Financial and Insurance Services and $235,143 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 lower worker productivity in Mining ($243,668 compared to $285,275)
  • A higher worker productivity in Administrative and Support Services ($138,671 compared to $94,072)
  • A higher worker productivity in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services ($295,535 compared to $235,143)
  • A higher worker productivity in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($412,830 compared to $324,149)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in the City of Adelaide increased by $8,612 between 2012/13 and 2019/20.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2012/13 and 2019/20 in the City of Adelaide were for those employed in:

  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$49,993)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+$48,615)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+$35,264)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$24,274)

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