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Local workers - Age structure - All industries

In the City of Adelaide, there are more younger workers (15 to 44 years) than older workers (45 year and over) in the local worker population.

The Age Structure of an industry's local workers is a key component to understanding the role and function of that industry in City of Adelaide. It is an indicator of the age of the industry and how long it has been established in the area, as well as the possible challenges in expanding that industry in the future.

For example an area with young local workers may be more mobile and likely to change jobs/industries in the future while an industry with an older local workers may face succession planning issues and challenges in attracting new staff.

For a complete local workers analysis for City of Adelaide, Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Income and Hours worked.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, City of Adelaide in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

Local workers age structure
City of Adelaide - All industries20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%South Australia %Number%South Australia %2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years13,36911.414.115,40513.415.4-2,036
25 to 34 years30,15825.621.029,77525.820.2+383
35 to 44 years28,15123.920.926,47123.022.2+1,680
45 to 54 years25,32421.522.625,23321.923.3+91
55 to 64 years17,02314.516.815,97213.915.6+1,051
65 years and over3,5813.04.62,4482.13.3+1,133

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local workers age structure, 2016
Local workers age structure, 2016 15 to 24 years, South Australia: 14.1% 25 to 34 years, South Australia: 21.0% 35 to 44 years, South Australia: 20.9% 45 to 54 years, South Australia: 22.6% 55 to 64 years, South Australia: 16.8% 65 years and over, South Australia: 4.6% 15 to 24 years, City of Adelaide: 11.4% 25 to 34 years, City of Adelaide: 25.6% 35 to 44 years, City of Adelaide: 23.9% 45 to 54 years, City of Adelaide: 21.5% 55 to 64 years, City of Adelaide: 14.5% 65 years and over, City of Adelaide: 3.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers age structure, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers age structure, 2011 to 2016 15 to 24 years, City of Adelaide - All industries: -2,036 25 to 34 years, City of Adelaide - All industries: +383 35 to 44 years, City of Adelaide - All industries: +1,680 45 to 54 years, City of Adelaide - All industries: +91 55 to 64 years, City of Adelaide - All industries: +1,051 65 years and over, City of Adelaide - All industries: +1,133
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the age structure of the workforce in the City of Adelaide in 2016 compared to South Australia shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) and a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (45 years and over).

Overall, 60.9% of the workforce was aged under 45 years, compared to 56.0% for South Australia. 39.1% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 44.0% for South Australia.

The major differences between the age structure of the workforce in the City of Adelaide and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 25 to 34 years (25.6% compared to 21.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 35 to 44 years (23.9% compared to 20.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 15 to 24 years (11.4% compared to 14.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 55 to 64 years (14.5% compared to 16.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the age structure of the workforce in the City of Adelaide between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • 15 to 24 years (-2,036 local workers)
  • 35 to 44 years (+1,680 local workers)
  • 65 years and over (+1,133 local workers)
  • 55 to 64 years (+1,051 local workers)

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