Hornsby Shire

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Hornsby Shire, making up 19.3% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in 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 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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current benchmark:
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Hornsby Shire20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5511.22.05211.22.2+30
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2290.51.02440.60.9-15
Wholesale Trade1,3463.12.91,3193.13.1+27
Retail Trade4,67510.69.05,16812.29.7-493
Accommodation and Food Services3,0266.96.23,1517.47.1-125
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,6693.84.61,3193.14.7+350
Information Media and Telecommunications3910.91.97641.82.2-373
Financial and Insurance Services9632.25.39952.45.0-32
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services7191.61.76491.51.8+70
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,4987.98.93,0997.38.1+399
Administrative and Support Services1,0412.43.21,0682.53.5-27
Public Administration and Safety1,3133.05.81,3213.15.9-8
Education and Training6,52114.88.75,52113.18.3+1,000
Health Care and Social Assistance8,52219.314.47,21817.112.5+1,304
Arts and Recreation Services6001.41.45791.41.5+21
Other Services1,8344.23.41,8744.43.7-40
Industry not classified1,8574.24.61,9414.64.7-84
Total persons44,129100.0100.042,300100.0100.0+1,829

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Hornsby Shire in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (8,522 people or 19.3%)
  • Education and Training (6,521 people or 14.8%)
  • Retail Trade (4,675 people or 10.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 19,718 people in total or 44.7% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 8.7% in Education and Training and 9.0% 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 Education and Training (14.8% compared to 8.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (19.3% compared to 14.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (2.2% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.0% compared to 5.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in Hornsby Shire were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,304 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,000 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (-493 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+399 local workers)

Hornsby Shire Council

economic profile