Ku-ring-gai Council area

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Ku-ring-gai Council area, making up 22.1% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Ku-ring-gai Council area 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 Ku-ring-gai Council area.

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, Ku-ring-gai Council area 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
Ku-ring-gai Council area20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing760.32.2690.22.2+7
Mining480.20.9320.11.0+16
Manufacturing6452.15.98262.88.5-181
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services360.10.9800.31.1-44
Construction1,9276.48.41,6005.47.3+327
Wholesale Trade7642.53.11,3224.54.5-558
Retail Trade2,3577.89.72,6198.910.4-262
Accommodation and Food Services1,7535.87.11,5285.26.7+225
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4981.64.75972.05.0-99
Information Media and Telecommunications4231.42.25451.92.3-122
Financial and Insurance Services9093.05.09273.25.1-18
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services8392.81.87662.61.6+73
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,44811.48.13,84513.17.9-397
Administrative and Support Services7862.63.57862.73.3--
Public Administration and Safety7562.55.99123.15.9-156
Education and Training5,28917.58.34,72416.17.9+565
Health Care and Social Assistance6,67122.112.55,95420.311.6+717
Arts and Recreation Services4531.51.53521.21.5+101
Other Services1,2494.13.71,1263.83.8+123
Industry not classified1,2924.34.77442.52.5+548
Total persons30,219100.0100.029,361100.0100.0+858

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Ku-ring-gai Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (6,671 people or 22.1%)
  • Education and Training (5,289 people or 17.5%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3,448 people or 11.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 15,408 people in total or 51.0% 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 8.1% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Ku-ring-gai Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (22.1% compared to 12.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (17.5% compared to 8.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (2.1% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (2.5% compared to 5.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in Ku-ring-gai Council area were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+717 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+565 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (-558 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+548 local workers)

Ku-ring-gai Council

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