Gold Coast City

Employment by industry (FTE)

In Gold Coast City, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 32,498 FTE jobs in 2019/20.

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 City2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,4240.64.01,1820.63.1+242
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,8390.81.41,7460.81.6+93
Wholesale Trade7,2493.03.37,2603.43.3-10
Retail Trade23,1619.67.924,32511.39.1-1,164
Accommodation and Food Services22,3409.35.718,2158.55.6+4,125
Transport, Postal and Warehousing10,8404.55.78,9554.26.0+1,885
Information Media and Telecommunications4,0881.71.34,0351.91.4+54
Financial and Insurance Services6,1212.62.65,0382.42.5+1,083
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services6,1972.62.07,1473.32.1-950
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services16,6997.07.716,2787.67.8+420
Administrative and Support Services9,1733.83.18,5864.03.1+587
Public Administration and Safety9,5184.06.78,4603.96.9+1,057
Education and Training19,3108.08.416,3687.67.7+2,941
Health Care and Social Assistance32,49813.512.625,02111.711.5+7,477
Arts and Recreation Services6,7862.81.56,9223.21.5-136
Other Services9,9334.14.110,2484.84.5-315
Total industries240,040100.0100.0214,346100.0100.0+25,694

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 full-time equivalent local workers in Gold Coast City in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (32,498 people or 13.5%)
  • Construction (31,190 people or 13.0%)
  • Retail Trade (23,161 people or 9.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 86,849 people in total or 36.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 12.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 11.1% in Construction and 7.9% 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 larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (9.3% compared to 5.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.6% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Mining (0.5% compared to 3.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (4.0% compared to 6.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in Gold Coast City increased by increased by 25,694 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2014/15 and 2019/20 in Gold Coast City were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+7,477 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Construction (+5,679 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+4,125 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Education and Training (+2,941 full-time equivalent local workers)

Gold Coast City

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