Byron Shire

Employment by industry (FTE)

In Byron Shire, Construction is the largest employer, generating 2,500 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 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 Shire2022/232017/18Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2017/18 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5973.72.35044.12.4+93
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1961.21.21030.81.1+93
Wholesale Trade3011.93.33943.23.8-93
Retail Trade1,75910.98.41,33210.88.4+427
Accommodation and Food Services2,08312.85.31,56412.65.5+519
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3802.35.43422.85.7+38
Information Media and Telecommunications2471.52.21991.62.7+48
Financial and Insurance Services2381.55.92071.75.3+31
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3372.11.83723.01.9-34
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,3988.611.01,0258.310.4+373
Administrative and Support Services6554.02.95064.12.9+149
Public Administration and Safety4883.06.23793.15.5+110
Education and Training1,3858.58.01,1119.07.8+274
Health Care and Social Assistance1,70610.513.51,24510.111.8+461
Arts and Recreation Services3001.91.44513.61.5-151
Other Services7164.43.54243.43.7+291
Total industries16,210100.0100.012,366100.0100.0+3,845

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 Byron Shire in 2022/23 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction (2,500 people or 15.4%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (2,083 people or 12.8%)
  • Retail Trade (1,759 people or 10.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 6,342 people in total or 39.1% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 10.3% in Construction; 5.3% in Accommodation and Food Services and 8.4% 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 (12.8% compared to 5.3%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Construction (15.4% compared to 10.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Financial and Insurance Services (1.5% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (3.0% compared to 6.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in Byron Shire increased by increased by 3,845 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 Byron Shire were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+1,149 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+519 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+461 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+427 full-time equivalent local workers)

Byron Shire

economic profile