Hornsby Shire

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the Hornsby Shire, making up 17.1% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Hornsby Shire 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 the Hornsby Shire.

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, the Hornsby Shire 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
Hornsby Shire20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5211.22.24011.02.2+120
Mining330.10.9410.11.0-8
Manufacturing2,2055.25.92,9497.38.5-744
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2440.60.92710.71.1-27
Construction3,3117.88.42,5576.37.3+754
Wholesale Trade1,3193.13.11,8784.74.5-559
Retail Trade5,16812.29.75,73614.210.4-568
Accommodation and Food Services3,1517.47.12,8237.06.7+328
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,3193.14.71,6034.05.0-284
Information Media and Telecommunications7641.82.24371.12.3+327
Financial and Insurance Services9952.45.07641.95.1+231
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services6491.51.85851.41.6+64
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,0997.38.13,1297.87.9-30
Administrative and Support Services1,0682.53.59992.53.3+69
Public Administration and Safety1,3213.15.91,2383.15.9+83
Education and Training5,52113.18.35,16312.87.9+358
Health Care and Social Assistance7,21817.112.56,53316.211.6+685
Arts and Recreation Services5791.41.55341.31.5+45
Other Services1,8744.43.71,8764.63.8-2
Industry not classified1,9414.64.78402.12.5+1,101
Total persons42,300100.0100.040,360100.0100.0+1,940

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the Hornsby Shire in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (7,218 people or 17.1%)
  • Education and Training (5,521 people or 13.1%)
  • Retail Trade (5,168 people or 12.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 17,907 people in total or 42.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 12.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 8.3% in Education and Training and 9.7% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (13.1% compared to 8.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (17.1% compared to 12.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.1% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (2.4% compared to 5.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Hornsby Shire were for those employed in:

  • Industry not classified (+1,101 local workers)
  • Construction (+754 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-744 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+685 local workers)

Hornsby Shire Council

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