Canberra Region

Local workers - Hours worked - All industries

41.8% of All industries local workers in the Canberra Region are employed part-time and 56.3% are employed full-time.

Hours Worked statistics shows the distribution of employment hours in the Canberra Region across each industry sector. Full-time employment is considered 35-hours and over.

The hours worked by employed people in a particular industry depend on a number of factors:

  • The availability and take-up of part-time work in the industry;
  • The demands of jobs in the industry and requirement to work overtime;
  • The age and family responsibilities of people working in the industry; and
  • The gender profile of workers in the industry (due to family commitments, females are often more likely to work part-time).

Hours Worked data should be viewed in conjunction with Age structure, Occupation and Income.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2021 – by place of work

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Local workers hours worked, 2021
Canberra Region - All industries20212016Change
Hours workedNumber%. NSW%Number%. NSW%2016 - 2021
1 hour - 15 hours14,59613.110.812,53912.910.8+2,057
16 hours - 24 hours12,46711.210.510,44610.810.5+2,021
25 hours - 34 hours14,27812.810.012,52412.910.5+1,754
35 hours - 39 hours20,60418.520.417,23317.819.1+3,371
40 hours17,25015.518.714,86815.320.0+2,382
41 hours - 48 hours9,1648.27.48,2738.59.1+891
49 hours or more15,71114.111.515,71316.214.9-2
Not stated2,1271.91.71,9702.02.0+157
Total Persons111,489100.0100.096,992100.0100.0+14,497

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the hours worked by the workforce in the Canberra Region in 2021compared to NSW within the Canberra Region shows that there was a higher proportion who worked part-time (34 hours or less) and a lower proportion who worked full-time (35 hours or more).

Overall, 41.8% of the workforce worked part-time (34 hours or less) , and 56.3% worked full-time (35 hours or more), compared with 40.3% and 58.0% respectively for NSW within the Canberra Region.

The major differences between the hours worked by the workforce in the Canberra Region and NSW were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers who did not work (4.7% compared to 9.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who worked 25 hours - 34 hours (12.8% compared to 10.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who worked 40 hours (15.5% compared to 18.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who worked 49 hours or more (14.1% compared to 11.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the hours worked by the All industries workforce in the Canberra Region between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • 35 hours - 39 hours (+3,371 local workers)
  • 40 hours (+2,382 local workers)
  • 1 hour - 15 hours (+2,057 local workers)
  • 16 hours - 24 hours (+2,021 local workers)

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