Inner West Council area

Employment by industry (FTE)

In the Inner West Council area, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 8,345 FTE jobs in 2019/20.

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 area2019/202016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016/17 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing990.22.6830.12.6+16
Mining60.01.1110.01.2-5
Manufacturing4,7857.87.25,3898.67.8-604
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1050.21.2970.21.1+8
Construction7,16011.710.67,04011.310.2+120
Wholesale Trade2,1433.53.62,5914.13.7-448
Retail Trade6,51110.68.66,0789.78.4+433
Accommodation and Food Services5,0008.15.54,3326.95.8+668
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,7134.45.72,8894.65.8-176
Information Media and Telecommunications1,0841.82.21,3272.12.5-243
Financial and Insurance Services1,2332.05.61,2141.95.3+18
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,1701.91.81,3212.11.9-150
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5,7739.410.86,40410.210.5-631
Administrative and Support Services1,8112.93.01,9153.13.2-104
Public Administration and Safety4,1566.85.94,2446.85.7-88
Education and Training4,9108.07.54,6707.57.5+240
Health Care and Social Assistance8,34513.612.18,44613.511.5-101
Arts and Recreation Services1,1161.81.41,2091.91.5-93
Other Services3,2855.33.73,3125.33.8-27
Total industries61,404100.0100.062,571100.0100.0-1,168

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 full-time equivalent local workers in the Inner West Council area in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (8,345 people or 13.6%)
  • Construction (7,160 people or 11.7%)
  • Retail Trade (6,511 people or 10.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 22,016 people in total or 35.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 12.1% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.6% in Construction and 8.6% in Retail Trade.

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 (2.0% compared to 5.6%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (8.1% compared to 5.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.2% compared to 2.6%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Retail Trade (10.6% compared to 8.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the Inner West Council area increased by decreased by -1,168 between 2016/17 and 2019/20.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2016/17 and 2019/20 in the Inner West Council area were for those employed in:

  • Accommodation and Food Services (+668 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+433 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Education and Training (+240 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Construction (+120 full-time equivalent local workers)

Inner West Council

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