Gold Coast City

Employment by industry (Total)

In Gold Coast City, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 44,129 local jobs in 2020/21.

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.

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
Gold Coast City2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,5250.53.21,6000.62.8-75
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,9770.71.21,6990.61.3+279
Wholesale Trade9,8123.23.07,3982.72.9+2,415
Retail Trade34,46711.49.532,15811.810.3+2,309
Accommodation and Food Services32,24210.76.928,25510.37.4+3,987
Transport, Postal and Warehousing12,0344.05.19,6833.55.2+2,351
Information Media and Telecommunications4,9791.61.45,3442.01.4-365
Financial and Insurance Services8,2092.72.96,5702.42.6+1,639
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services7,5212.51.98,4193.12.0-899
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services21,0877.07.117,6086.46.7+3,480
Administrative and Support Services10,5773.53.212,2224.53.5-1,645
Public Administration and Safety11,8483.96.79,7453.66.5+2,103
Education and Training27,9299.29.123,8798.79.5+4,050
Health Care and Social Assistance44,12914.614.435,18812.913.2+8,941
Arts and Recreation Services9,7523.21.79,2563.41.7+496
Other Services12,2434.03.811,4644.24.1+780
Total industries302,397100.0100.0273,493100.0100.0+28,904

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in 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 Gold Coast City in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (44,129 people or 14.6%)
  • Retail Trade (34,467 people or 11.4%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (32,242 people or 10.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 110,839 people in total or 36.7% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.5% in Retail Trade and 6.9% in Accommodation and Food Services.

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 the field of Accommodation and Food Services (10.7% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.9% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.5% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (0.4% compared to 3.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Gold Coast City increased by increased by 28,904 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+8,941 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+4,050 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+3,987 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+3,480 local workers)

Gold Coast City

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