Byron Shire

Employment by industry (Total)

In Byron Shire, Accommodation and Food Services is the largest employer, generating 2,723 local jobs in 2021/22.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Byron Shire. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Byron Shire regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of Byron 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.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
Byron Shire2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5913.02.16023.82.2-11
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2001.01.1910.61.0+109
Wholesale Trade4282.23.04282.73.4+0
Retail Trade2,37112.09.31,75911.29.6+612
Accommodation and Food Services2,72313.86.02,00712.86.9+716
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4902.55.14112.65.2+78
Information Media and Telecommunications3801.92.22241.42.4+156
Financial and Insurance Services2621.35.52121.44.8+50
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4022.01.83872.51.7+15
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,5718.010.11,2127.79.4+360
Administrative and Support Services8134.13.39546.13.5-141
Public Administration and Safety6373.26.14522.95.7+185
Education and Training1,6018.18.61,61210.38.5-11
Health Care and Social Assistance2,36412.014.21,85511.913.1+509
Arts and Recreation Services4782.41.64222.71.7+55
Other Services7413.83.85463.53.7+195
Total industries19,697100.0100.015,650100.0100.0+4,047

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©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 local workers in Byron Shire in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Accommodation and Food Services (2,723 people or 13.8%)
  • Construction (2,515 people or 12.8%)
  • Retail Trade (2,371 people or 12.0%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 7,610 people in total or 38.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 6.0% in Accommodation and Food Services; 8.9% in Construction and 9.3% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Byron Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (13.8% compared to 6.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.3% compared to 5.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (12.8% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.2% compared to 6.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Byron Shire increased by 4,047 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

  • Construction (+1,005 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+716 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+612 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+509 local workers)

Byron Shire

economic profile