City of Melville

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the City of Melville, making up 27.4% 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 Melville 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 Melville.

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, the City of Melville 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
City of Melville20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1200.32.51420.42.4-22
Mining6151.56.63371.06.4+278
Manufacturing1,2423.15.61,9235.78.2-681
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1020.31.2620.21.1+40
Construction2,0935.29.92,8148.310.4-721
Wholesale Trade6231.62.59232.73.5-300
Retail Trade5,63414.19.55,75316.910.0-119
Accommodation and Food Services2,4856.26.42,2806.75.9+205
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5211.34.69312.74.6-410
Information Media and Telecommunications2690.71.02490.71.1+20
Financial and Insurance Services6251.62.37292.12.5-104
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services8042.01.77852.31.7+19
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,2905.76.42,2826.77.2+8
Administrative and Support Services8372.13.37682.33.1+69
Public Administration and Safety1,8784.76.21,0863.26.2+792
Education and Training5,30413.28.74,65913.78.0+645
Health Care and Social Assistance10,97027.411.75,59016.510.3+5,380
Arts and Recreation Services3931.01.63641.11.3+29
Other Services1,7674.43.91,6124.73.9+155
Industry not classified1,5023.74.66652.02.2+837
Total persons40,074100.0100.033,959100.0100.0+6,115

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the City of Melville in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (10,970 people or 27.4%)
  • Retail Trade (5,634 people or 14.1%)
  • Education and Training (5,304 people or 13.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 21,908 people in total or 54.7% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 11.7% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.5% in Retail Trade and 8.7% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of Melville and Western Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (27.4% compared to 11.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (1.5% compared to 6.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (5.2% compared to 9.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (14.1% compared to 9.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the City of Melville were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+5,380 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+837 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+792 local workers)
  • Construction (-721 local workers)

City of Melville

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