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Employment by industry (FTE)

In Gold Coast City, Construction is the largest employer, generating 33,531 FTE jobs in 2018/19.

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 Gold Coast City.

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 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.

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
Gold Coast City2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,2510.53.41,0480.53.1+203
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2,5471.01.51,7490.81.6+798
Wholesale Trade8,2633.33.47,7263.73.5+537
Retail Trade27,04110.98.325,01412.09.3+2,027
Accommodation and Food Services21,9298.85.917,6048.45.3+4,325
Transport, Postal and Warehousing11,4734.66.09,0134.36.0+2,460
Information Media and Telecommunications4,1781.71.43,9801.91.5+198
Financial and Insurance Services6,4572.62.74,7792.32.4+1,678
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services6,7342.72.07,1703.42.2-436
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services15,2506.17.114,6147.07.5+636
Administrative and Support Services10,3664.23.28,9284.33.1+1,438
Public Administration and Safety9,0113.66.78,3544.06.9+658
Education and Training20,2618.18.215,2107.37.2+5,051
Health Care and Social Assistance30,70512.312.423,64511.311.0+7,060
Arts and Recreation Services8,1023.31.66,7203.21.4+1,382
Other Services10,5724.24.210,6935.14.5-121
Total industries249,198100.0100.0209,208100.0100.0+39,990

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts. 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 Gold Coast City in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction (33,531 people or 13.5%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (30,705 people or 12.3%)
  • Retail Trade (27,041 people or 10.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 91,276 people in total or 36.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 11.1% in Construction; 12.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 8.3% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of Gold Coast City and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (3.6% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.5% compared to 3.4%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (8.8% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Mining (0.6% compared to 3.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in Gold Coast City increased by increased by 39,990 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in Gold Coast City were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+10,398 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+7,060 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Education and Training (+5,051 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+4,325 full-time equivalent local workers)

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