Gold Coast City
Employment by industry (Total)
In Gold Coast City, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 38,719 local jobs in 2017/18.
Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Gold Coast City. 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 Gold Coast City 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 Gold Coast City'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.
NOTE: Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series
|Employment (total) by industry|
|Gold Coast City||2017/18||2012/13||Change|
|Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Queensland%||Number||%||Queensland%||2012/13 to 2017/18|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||1,853||0.6||2.9||1,231||0.5||2.8||+622||23000||P|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||1,844||0.6||1.1||1,870||0.8||1.4||-26||23300||P|
|Accommodation and Food Services||32,469||11.0||7.6||26,364||10.7||7.1||+6,105||23700||P|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||10,744||3.6||5.1||8,938||3.6||5.4||+1,806||23800||P|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||4,592||1.5||1.2||4,612||1.9||1.4||-19||23900||P|
|Financial and Insurance Services||6,203||2.1||2.5||6,362||2.6||2.7||-158||24000||P|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||8,837||3.0||1.9||7,555||3.1||2.0||+1,282||24100||P|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||17,379||5.9||6.3||15,492||6.3||6.6||+1,887||24200||P|
|Administrative and Support Services||13,992||4.7||3.6||10,901||4.4||3.4||+3,091||24300||P|
|Public Administration and Safety||10,998||3.7||6.6||9,257||3.8||6.6||+1,740||24400||P|
|Education and Training||26,632||9.0||9.9||20,106||8.2||8.5||+6,526||24500||P|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||38,719||13.1||13.9||29,868||12.2||12.2||+8,850||24600||P|
|Arts and Recreation Services||9,907||3.3||1.7||8,911||3.6||1.6||+996||24700||P|
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (opens a new window) ©2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures.Learn more
An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Gold Coast City in 2017/18 shows the three largest industries were:
- Health Care and Social Assistance (38,719 people or 13.1%)
- Construction (38,245 people or 12.9%)
- Retail Trade (34,444 people or 11.6%)
In combination these three industries accounted for 111,408 people in total or 37.6% of the local workers.
In comparison, Queensland employed 13.9% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.7% in Construction; and 10.2% in Retail Trade.
The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Gold Coast City and Queensland were:
- A larger percentage of local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (11.0% compared to 7.6%)
- A larger percentage of local workers employed in Construction (12.9% compared to 9.7%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (3.7% compared to 6.6%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.6% compared to 2.9%)
The number of local workers in Gold Coast City increased by 50,804 between 2012/13 and 2017/18.
The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2012/13 and 2017/18 in Gold Coast City were for those employed in:
- Construction (+14,531 local workers)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (+8,850 local workers)
- Education and Training (+6,526 local workers)
- Accommodation and Food Services (+6,105 local workers)