Inner West Council area

Employment by industry (FTE)

In the Inner West Council area, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 8,468 FTE jobs in 2021/22.

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 the Inner West Council area.

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 the Inner West Council area'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
Inner West Council area2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1210.22.51070.22.6+14
Mining420.11.2110.01.3+30
Manufacturing4,2657.26.65,4408.67.7-1,174
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1080.21.31020.21.1+6
Construction5,9219.99.56,56810.410.0-646
Wholesale Trade1,5412.63.32,5484.03.7-1,007
Retail Trade6,66411.28.36,32310.08.3+341
Accommodation and Food Services3,6736.24.84,6207.35.6-947
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,9605.05.22,9914.75.7-31
Information Media and Telecommunications1,2762.12.41,3882.22.6-112
Financial and Insurance Services1,0101.76.11,1921.95.2-182
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,2142.01.91,2882.01.8-75
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6,62011.111.26,32710.010.4+293
Administrative and Support Services1,4412.43.01,8613.03.2-420
Public Administration and Safety3,7196.26.24,2106.75.7-491
Education and Training6,33810.68.25,0458.07.8+1,292
Health Care and Social Assistance8,46814.213.18,59613.611.8-128
Arts and Recreation Services1,2702.11.41,2542.01.5+15
Other Services2,9494.93.73,1855.13.8-237
Total industries59,600100.0100.063,059100.0100.0-3,459

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. ©2023. 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 full-time equivalent local workers in the Inner West Council area in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (8,468 people or 14.2%)
  • Retail Trade (6,664 people or 11.2%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (6,620 people or 11.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 21,752 people in total or 36.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 13.1% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 8.3% in Retail Trade and 11.2% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of the Inner West Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Financial and Insurance Services (1.7% compared to 6.1%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Retail Trade (11.2% compared to 8.3%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Education and Training (10.6% compared to 8.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.2% compared to 2.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the Inner West Council area increased by decreased by -3,459 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2016/17 and 2021/22 in the Inner West Council area were for those employed in:

  • Education and Training (+1,292 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+341 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+293 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Mining (+30 full-time equivalent local workers)

Inner West Council

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