Hornsby Shire

Employment by industry (Total)

In Hornsby Shire, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 11,809 local jobs in 2020/21.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Hornsby Shire. 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 Hornsby Shire 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 Hornsby Shire'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
Hornsby Shire2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5141.12.16481.32.3-134
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2830.61.02710.51.1+12
Wholesale Trade1,3172.73.41,5623.23.5-245
Retail Trade5,68211.69.56,36912.99.9-687
Accommodation and Food Services3,1556.46.53,8217.77.2-666
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,5753.25.01,6313.35.0-56
Information Media and Telecommunications7491.52.28341.72.4-86
Financial and Insurance Services1,0782.25.11,0512.15.1+27
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services6261.31.77471.51.8-121
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,6377.410.13,5757.28.7+62
Administrative and Support Services1,2572.63.31,5913.23.6-334
Public Administration and Safety1,4252.96.11,4592.95.9-34
Education and Training6,78713.98.76,98214.18.7-195
Health Care and Social Assistance11,80924.113.28,94318.112.9+2,865
Arts and Recreation Services8781.81.77571.51.7+121
Other Services2,1974.53.72,3304.73.8-133
Total industries48,947100.0100.049,488100.0100.0-540

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id 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 Hornsby Shire in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (11,809 people or 24.1%)
  • Education and Training (6,787 people or 13.9%)
  • Retail Trade (5,682 people or 11.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 24,277 people in total or 49.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 13.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 8.7% in Education and Training and 9.5% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Hornsby Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (24.1% compared to 13.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (13.9% compared to 8.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (2.9% compared to 6.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (2.2% compared to 5.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Hornsby Shire increased by decreased by -540 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,865 local workers)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (+121 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (+71 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+62 local workers)

Hornsby Shire Council

economic profile