Byron Shire

Employment by industry (Total)

In Byron Shire, Accommodation and Food Services is the largest employer, generating 2,630 local jobs in 2018/19.

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 Shire2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6494.02.16024.32.3+47
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1571.01.01361.01.1+22
Wholesale Trade4772.93.64833.54.0-6
Retail Trade2,25213.810.31,84613.310.1+405
Accommodation and Food Services2,63016.17.02,06514.97.1+565
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4712.95.04313.15.1+40
Information Media and Telecommunications1530.92.32221.62.4-69
Financial and Insurance Services2111.35.11961.45.1+15
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4122.51.63442.51.8+68
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,0276.39.19727.08.3+55
Administrative and Support Services7434.63.36814.93.5+62
Public Administration and Safety4552.86.04223.05.9+34
Education and Training1,4218.78.51,3339.68.5+88
Health Care and Social Assistance2,00912.312.41,53511.012.1+474
Arts and Recreation Services4582.81.63692.71.7+89
Other Services5543.43.95934.33.9-39
Total industries16,287100.0100.013,902100.0100.0+2,385

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts. 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 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Accommodation and Food Services (2,630 people or 16.1%)
  • Retail Trade (2,252 people or 13.8%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (2,009 people or 12.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 6,891 people in total or 42.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 7.0% in Accommodation and Food Services; 10.3% in Retail Trade and 12.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

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 (16.1% compared to 7.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.3% compared to 5.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (13.8% compared to 10.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (2.8% compared to 6.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Byron Shire increased by increased by 2,385 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Accommodation and Food Services (+565 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+474 local workers)
  • Construction (+460 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+405 local workers)

Byron Shire

economic profile