Byron Shire

Employment by industry (FTE)

In Byron Shire, Construction is the largest employer, generating 2,082 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 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 Shire2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4823.42.54944.22.6-12
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1491.01.3810.71.1+68
Wholesale Trade3422.43.33643.13.7-22
Retail Trade1,67611.78.31,18410.28.3+492
Accommodation and Food Services1,72112.04.81,37411.85.6+346
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3672.65.23172.75.7+50
Information Media and Telecommunications3272.32.41781.52.6+149
Financial and Insurance Services2001.46.11631.45.2+38
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2972.11.93262.81.8-28
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,1988.411.29408.110.4+258
Administrative and Support Services5093.63.05624.83.2-53
Public Administration and Safety5123.66.23653.15.7+147
Education and Training1,1888.38.21,23710.67.8-49
Health Care and Social Assistance1,58111.113.11,28611.111.8+295
Arts and Recreation Services2862.01.42902.51.5-3
Other Services5213.63.74213.63.8+100
Total industries14,301100.0100.011,630100.0100.0+2,671

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 Byron Shire in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction (2,082 people or 14.6%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (1,721 people or 12.0%)
  • Retail Trade (1,676 people or 11.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 5,479 people in total or 38.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 9.5% in Construction; 4.8% in Accommodation and Food Services and 8.3% in Retail Trade.

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 (12.0% compared to 4.8%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Construction (14.6% compared to 9.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Financial and Insurance Services (1.4% compared to 6.1%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Retail Trade (11.7% compared to 8.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in Byron Shire increased by increased by 2,671 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 Byron Shire were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+810 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+492 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+346 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+295 full-time equivalent local workers)

Byron Shire

economic profile