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Employment by industry (FTE)

In the Canberra Region, Construction is the largest employer, generating 11,675 FTE jobs in 2019/20.

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 Canberra Region.

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 Canberra Region'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
Canberra Region2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. NSWNumber%. NSW2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing9,53210.32.610,32711.52.9-795
Mining7860.81.16860.81.3+100
Manufacturing8,2198.87.27,7778.68.2+441
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,7531.91.21,6791.91.2+73
Construction11,67512.610.610,73011.99.7+945
Wholesale Trade1,9912.13.62,0152.24.1-23
Retail Trade9,2299.98.68,9109.98.8+318
Accommodation and Food Services7,7458.35.57,8498.75.9-104
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,5523.85.74,2164.75.9-664
Information Media and Telecommunications8250.92.26290.72.5+195
Financial and Insurance Services1,0691.15.61,0471.25.3+22
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,2991.41.81,4581.62.0-159
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,4244.810.83,6994.19.5+725
Administrative and Support Services2,2902.53.02,2032.43.0+87
Public Administration and Safety5,9756.45.95,4746.15.6+501
Education and Training6,7357.27.56,6157.37.5+121
Health Care and Social Assistance10,02010.812.19,31210.310.9+708
Arts and Recreation Services1,6031.71.41,6531.81.4-50
Other Services4,2414.63.73,8074.24.2+434
Total industries92,962100.0100.090,087100.0100.0+2,875

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. 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 Canberra Region in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction (11,675 people or 12.6%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (10,020 people or 10.8%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (9,532 people or 10.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 31,227 people in total or 33.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, NSW employed 10.6% in Construction; 12.1% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 2.6% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of the Canberra Region and NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (10.3% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.8% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Financial and Insurance Services (1.1% compared to 5.6%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (8.3% compared to 5.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the Canberra Region increased by increased by 2,875 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2014/15 and 2019/20 in the Canberra Region were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+945 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+725 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+708 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+501 full-time equivalent local workers)

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