Ballina Shire

Employment by industry (FTE)

In Ballina Shire, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 2,989 FTE jobs in 2022/23.

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 Ballina Shire.

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 Ballina Shire'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
Ballina Shire2022/232017/18Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2017/18 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,0205.62.38025.72.4+218
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1771.01.21290.91.1+47
Wholesale Trade3391.93.33942.83.8-55
Retail Trade1,95210.88.41,50910.88.4+443
Accommodation and Food Services1,3977.75.31,0897.85.5+308
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5122.85.44813.45.7+31
Information Media and Telecommunications1300.72.21401.02.7-10
Financial and Insurance Services3111.75.92661.95.3+45
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2851.61.83042.21.9-19
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,1176.211.09216.610.4+196
Administrative and Support Services7033.92.94092.92.9+294
Public Administration and Safety8995.06.26654.85.5+233
Education and Training1,6198.98.01,3469.67.8+272
Health Care and Social Assistance2,98916.513.52,21615.911.8+773
Arts and Recreation Services2491.41.42681.91.5-18
Other Services9155.13.55013.63.7+415
Total industries18,119100.0100.013,972100.0100.0+4,147

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2024. ©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 Ballina Shire in 2022/23 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (2,989 people or 16.5%)
  • Construction (2,581 people or 14.2%)
  • Retail Trade (1,952 people or 10.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 7,521 people in total or 41.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 13.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.3% in Construction and 8.4% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of Ballina Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (6.2% compared to 11.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Financial and Insurance Services (1.7% compared to 5.9%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Construction (14.2% compared to 10.3%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (5.6% compared to 2.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in Ballina Shire increased by increased by 4,147 between 2017/18 and 2022/23.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2017/18 and 2022/23 in Ballina Shire were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+992 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+773 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+443 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Other Services (+415 full-time equivalent local workers)

Ballina Shire Council

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