City of Darwin

Employment by industry (FTE)

In City of Darwin, Public Administration and Safety is the largest employer, generating 11,060 FTE jobs in 2020/21.

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 City of Darwin.

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 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.

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
City of Darwin2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. Northern TerritoryNumber%. Northern Territory2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2920.62.83600.72.1-68
Mining4020.85.98671.66.8-465
Manufacturing2,1214.23.61,9703.63.4+151
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,1352.22.21,4362.61.9-301
Construction3,2686.49.35,63110.212.9-2,363
Wholesale Trade8671.71.61,4872.72.3-620
Retail Trade3,2306.46.74,0927.46.3-862
Accommodation and Food Services2,5175.04.73,1635.75.4-645
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,2524.44.12,7815.05.0-530
Information Media and Telecommunications9892.01.29521.71.0+37
Financial and Insurance Services7031.40.81,0581.91.1-355
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services9541.91.31,2892.31.6-335
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,0798.06.23,7006.75.8+379
Administrative and Support Services1,7073.42.81,5442.82.6+163
Public Administration and Safety11,06021.817.010,56319.218.0+497
Education and Training3,7667.49.04,2817.87.6-515
Health Care and Social Assistance8,01415.814.36,12211.19.8+1,891
Arts and Recreation Services9331.82.01,4512.62.2-518
Other Services2,3954.74.72,3764.34.3+19
Total industries50,684100.0100.055,123100.0100.0-4,439

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

  • Public Administration and Safety (11,060 people or 21.8%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (8,014 people or 15.8%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4,079 people or 8.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 23,153 people in total or 45.7% of the local workers.

In comparison, Northern Territory employed 17.0% in Public Administration and Safety; 14.3% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 6.2% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

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

  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Mining (0.8% compared to 5.9%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (21.8% compared to 17.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Construction (6.4% compared to 9.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.6% compared to 2.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in City of Darwin increased by decreased by -4,439 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2015/16 and 2020/21 in City of Darwin were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,891 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+497 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+379 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Administrative and Support Services (+163 full-time equivalent local workers)

City of Darwin

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