City of Ipswich

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the City of Ipswich, making up 17.0% of total employment.

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

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
City of Ipswich20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4560.62.65710.92.8-115
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,2541.71.21,0321.71.1+222
Wholesale Trade1,5522.12.31,4072.32.6+145
Retail Trade7,77110.39.37,03911.39.9+732
Accommodation and Food Services5,2577.07.24,0906.67.4+1,167
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,9925.34.72,8414.65.1+1,151
Information Media and Telecommunications3500.50.94250.71.2-75
Financial and Insurance Services1,1171.52.51,2762.02.5-159
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services9681.31.89801.62.0-12
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,8813.86.72,3013.76.2+580
Administrative and Support Services2,0662.73.41,5722.53.5+494
Public Administration and Safety7,77510.36.16,20310.06.5+1,572
Education and Training8,71111.68.96,83511.09.0+1,876
Health Care and Social Assistance12,79017.015.48,95714.413.0+3,833
Arts and Recreation Services6840.91.54880.81.6+196
Other Services2,4573.33.91,8653.03.9+592
Industry not classified3,2294.34.52,6094.24.3+620
Total persons75,343100.0100.062,313100.0100.0+13,030

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 the City of Ipswich in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (12,790 people or 17.0%)
  • Education and Training (8,711 people or 11.6%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (7,775 people or 10.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 29,276 people in total or 38.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 15.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 8.9% in Education and Training and 6.1% in Public Administration and Safety.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of Ipswich and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (10.3% compared to 6.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (9.9% compared to 5.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (5.8% compared to 9.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.8% compared to 6.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in the City of Ipswich were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+3,833 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,876 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+1,572 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+1,167 local workers)

City of Ipswich

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