Accommodation and Food Services is the largest employer in Byron Shire, making up 14.6% of total employment.
Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Byron Shire regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across Byron Shire.
Note: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work
|Employment (Census) by industry sector|
|Industry||Number||%||New South Wales||Number||%||New South Wales||2011 - 2016|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||510||3.9||2.2||442||3.8||2.2||+68|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||82||0.6||0.9||90||0.8||1.1||-8|
|Accommodation and Food Services||1,887||14.6||7.1||1,731||14.7||6.7||+156|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||385||3.0||4.7||317||2.7||5.0||+68|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||153||1.2||2.2||184||1.6||2.3||-31|
|Financial and Insurance Services||192||1.5||5.0||183||1.6||5.1||+9|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||307||2.4||1.8||300||2.6||1.6||+7|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||873||6.7||8.1||734||6.3||7.9||+139|
|Administrative and Support Services||525||4.1||3.5||417||3.6||3.3||+108|
|Public Administration and Safety||403||3.1||5.9||367||3.1||5.9||+36|
|Education and Training||1,120||8.6||8.3||939||8.0||7.9||+181|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||1,444||11.1||12.5||1,170||10.0||11.6||+274|
|Arts and Recreation Services||316||2.4||1.5||265||2.3||1.5||+51|
|Industry not classified||772||6.0||4.7||340||2.9||2.5||+432|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Byron Shire in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:
- Accommodation and Food Services (1,887 people or 14.6%)
- Retail Trade (1,596 people or 12.3%)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (1,444 people or 11.1%)
In combination these three fields accounted for 4,927 people in total or 38.0% of the local workers.
In comparison, New South Wales employed 7.1% in Accommodation and Food Services; 9.7% in Retail Trade and 12.5% 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 (14.6% compared to 7.1%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.5% compared to 5.0%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.1% compared to 5.9%)
- A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (12.3% compared to 9.7%)
The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in Byron Shire were for those employed in:
- Industry not classified (+432 local workers)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (+274 local workers)
- Wholesale Trade (-187 local workers)
- Education and Training (+181 local workers)