Byron Shire

Employment by industry (FTE)

In Byron Shire, Accommodation and Food Services is the largest employer, generating 1,838 FTE jobs in 2018/19.

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 Byron 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 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.

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
Byron Shire2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5374.52.55495.33.0-12
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1461.21.11301.31.3+16
Wholesale Trade3813.23.63763.64.3+5
Retail Trade1,44212.18.51,27812.38.9+163
Accommodation and Food Services1,83815.45.81,44914.06.0+389
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3943.35.93343.25.8+60
Information Media and Telecommunications1100.92.31601.52.5-50
Financial and Insurance Services1601.35.31501.45.5+9
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3683.11.92912.82.0+77
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7656.410.87186.99.1+48
Administrative and Support Services4764.03.04033.93.0+73
Public Administration and Safety3723.15.63393.35.8+32
Education and Training9748.27.49138.87.2+61
Health Care and Social Assistance1,36811.511.61,04710.110.7+321
Arts and Recreation Services3332.81.52632.51.4+70
Other Services3563.03.84644.54.2-108
Total industries11,924100.0100.010,380100.0100.0+1,544

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 full-time equivalent local workers in Byron Shire in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Accommodation and Food Services (1,838 people or 15.4%)
  • Retail Trade (1,442 people or 12.1%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (1,368 people or 11.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 4,648 people in total or 39.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 5.8% in Accommodation and Food Services; 8.5% in Retail Trade and 11.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

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

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (15.4% compared to 5.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (6.4% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Financial and Insurance Services (1.3% compared to 5.3%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Retail Trade (12.1% compared to 8.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in Byron Shire increased by increased by 1,544 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in Byron Shire were for those employed in:

  • Accommodation and Food Services (+389 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Construction (+362 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+321 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+163 full-time equivalent local workers)

Byron Shire

economic profile