Gold Coast City

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Gold Coast City, making up 13.0% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Gold Coast City regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across Gold Coast City.

Note: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Gold Coast City in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Gold Coast City20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,2930.52.87040.32.7+589
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,3100.61.11,5500.81.2-240
Wholesale Trade5,7142.42.67,6713.83.6-1,957
Retail Trade27,59011.79.926,80413.210.7+786
Accommodation and Food Services24,99710.67.421,97210.87.0+3,025
Transport, Postal and Warehousing8,0653.45.16,8643.45.2+1,201
Information Media and Telecommunications3,7291.61.23,5061.71.2+223
Financial and Insurance Services5,7062.42.55,5002.72.7+206
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services7,3833.12.06,0032.91.8+1,380
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services14,2096.06.212,5296.26.5+1,680
Administrative and Support Services9,5044.03.57,2683.63.2+2,236
Public Administration and Safety8,6873.76.57,8593.96.7+828
Education and Training20,5188.79.015,8657.87.9+4,653
Health Care and Social Assistance30,57913.013.024,02911.811.9+6,550
Arts and Recreation Services7,6733.31.66,7573.31.4+916
Other Services9,2863.93.98,2734.13.9+1,013
Industry not classified11,9285.14.35,3642.62.4+6,564
Total persons235,539100.0100.0203,724100.0100.0+31,815

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Gold Coast City in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (30,579 people or 13.0%)
  • Retail Trade (27,590 people or 11.7%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (24,997 people or 10.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 83,166 people in total or 35.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.9% in Retail Trade and 7.4% 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 (10.6% compared to 7.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.7% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.5% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (0.3% compared to 2.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in Gold Coast City were for those employed in:

  • Industry not classified (+6,564 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+6,550 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+4,653 local workers)
  • Construction (+4,510 local workers)

Gold Coast City

economic profile