South East Queensland

Employment by industry (FTE)

In the South East Queensland, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 241,749 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 the South East Queensland.

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 the South East Queensland'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
South East Queensland2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing20,9201.33.119,4161.33.2+1,504
Mining19,8481.23.418,1871.23.2+1,661
Manufacturing122,2417.57.3114,6737.87.5+7,567
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services20,9551.31.417,2481.21.3+3,706
Construction177,35810.810.5175,07711.911.0+2,281
Wholesale Trade49,5743.02.947,2683.23.0+2,306
Retail Trade132,7838.18.0131,5498.98.8+1,234
Accommodation and Food Services89,3955.55.584,3485.75.8+5,047
Transport, Postal and Warehousing96,8685.95.791,4676.26.1+5,401
Information Media and Telecommunications21,6431.31.226,0181.81.5-4,376
Financial and Insurance Services54,8173.32.748,7123.32.7+6,105
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services37,5272.32.035,4032.42.2+2,125
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services156,7819.68.1125,9118.57.3+30,870
Administrative and Support Services48,6403.02.947,1493.23.1+1,491
Public Administration and Safety107,4816.66.797,6706.66.8+9,811
Education and Training146,5369.08.8123,0858.38.3+23,450
Health Care and Social Assistance241,74914.814.4185,02612.512.2+56,723
Arts and Recreation Services23,6031.41.326,2091.81.6-2,606
Other Services67,7044.14.262,9574.34.2+4,748
Total industries1,636,422100.0100.01,477,375100.0100.0+159,047

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. ©2023. Compiled and presented in economy.id 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 the South East Queensland in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (241,749 people or 14.8%)
  • Construction (177,358 people or 10.8%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (156,781 people or 9.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 575,889 people in total or 35.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.5% in Construction and 8.1% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of the South East Queensland and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Mining (1.2% compared to 3.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1.3% compared to 3.1%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (9.6% compared to 8.1%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Financial and Insurance Services (3.3% compared to 2.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the South East Queensland increased by increased by 159,047 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 the South East Queensland were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+56,723 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+30,870 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Education and Training (+23,450 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+9,811 full-time equivalent local workers)

South East Queensland

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