City of Darwin

Employment by industry (Total)

In City of Darwin, Public Administration and Safety is the largest employer, generating 12,985 local jobs in 2020/21.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in City of Darwin. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in City of Darwin regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of City of Darwin'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.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
City of Darwin2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. Northern TerritoryNumber%. Northern Territory2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2750.52.23670.62.1-92
Mining3480.64.36561.14.8-309
Manufacturing2,3534.03.51,9893.33.2+364
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,2192.12.01,6222.71.9-403
Construction3,2755.58.05,3258.811.2-2,050
Wholesale Trade1,0911.81.81,4432.42.0-352
Retail Trade4,0306.87.25,0198.37.2-988
Accommodation and Food Services3,4485.85.74,3037.16.5-855
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,8334.84.22,7874.64.5+46
Information Media and Telecommunications1,1932.01.31,0291.71.1+164
Financial and Insurance Services1,0161.71.01,1041.81.1-88
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,0841.81.31,2572.11.4-173
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,4407.56.04,0986.75.8+342
Administrative and Support Services2,1603.73.21,9543.22.9+206
Public Administration and Safety12,98522.018.010,75917.717.3+2,226
Education and Training4,2657.29.05,5409.19.5-1,275
Health Care and Social Assistance9,13215.514.47,33112.110.7+1,801
Arts and Recreation Services1,3642.32.31,7412.92.3-376
Other Services2,5714.44.62,4534.04.3+118
Total industries59,082100.0100.060,776100.0100.0-1,694

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 local workers in City of Darwin in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Public Administration and Safety (12,985 people or 22.0%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (9,132 people or 15.5%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4,440 people or 7.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 26,557 people in total or 44.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, Northern Territory employed 18.0% in Public Administration and Safety; 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 6.0% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of City of Darwin and Northern Territory were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (22.0% compared to 18.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (0.6% compared to 4.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (5.5% compared to 8.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (7.2% compared to 9.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in City of Darwin increased by decreased by -1,694 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Public Administration and Safety (+2,226 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,801 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (+364 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+342 local workers)

City of Darwin

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