Shire of Ashburton

Employment by industry (FTE)

In the Shire of Ashburton, Mining is the largest employer, generating 11,787 FTE jobs in 2021/22.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) employment is modelled by NIEIR and takes into account differences in hours worked between industry sectors. It is a measure that allows direct comparison of employment between industries in the Shire of Ashburton.

Typically, industries such as Retail Trade and Accommodation and Food Services, which employ many part-time workers, have lower FTE employment than total employment.

FTE employment is calculated directly by dividing the total hours worked in each industry by 38. By comparing the number of full-time equivalent jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the Shire of Ashburton's economy. This can be done by directly comparing the area to its benchmark, or by using a location quotient to look at the relative size of industries.

FTE employment should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (Census), for a full understanding of the industry breakdown in the area. Worker productivity data shows the value of a worker in each industry to the local economy. Employment locations shows where employment is taking place in each industry sector.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note: FTE employment is derived from Census data but has been corrected for the known undercount of employment in the Census. Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in thespecific topic notes section.
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Full-time equivalent employment by industry sector
Shire of Ashburton2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing780.52.51250.53.1-47
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3081.81.55612.21.5-253
Wholesale Trade1570.92.91820.73.2-24
Retail Trade950.67.22400.98.1-144
Accommodation and Food Services5533.24.89953.95.2-442
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2491.55.57372.95.5-488
Information Media and Telecommunications40.01.0140.11.2-11
Financial and Insurance Services30.02.470.02.5-4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1951.11.73591.41.9-164
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2021.28.12,4839.77.4-2,280
Administrative and Support Services3862.32.77022.82.9-316
Public Administration and Safety3362.06.73451.45.9-9
Education and Training1641.07.72340.97.9-69
Health Care and Social Assistance1200.711.71370.510.3-17
Arts and Recreation Services190.11.470.01.6+13
Other Services1721.04.03031.24.4-131
Total industries17,127100.0100.025,494100.0100.0-8,368

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. ©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 jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers in the Shire of Ashburton in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Mining (11,787 people or 68.8%)
  • Construction (2,022 people or 11.8%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (553 people or 3.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 14,362 people in total or 83.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 11.6% in Mining; 9.8% in Construction and 4.8% in Accommodation and Food Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of the Shire of Ashburton and Western Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Mining (68.8% compared to 11.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (0.7% compared to 11.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (1.2% compared to 8.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Education and Training (1.0% compared to 7.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the Shire of Ashburton increased by decreased by -8,368 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2016/17 and 2021/22 in the Shire of Ashburton were for those employed in:

  • Arts and Recreation Services (+13 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (-4 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (-9 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (-11 full-time equivalent local workers)

Shire of Ashburton

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