City of Merri-bek

Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of Merri-bek, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 8,680 local jobs in 2021/22.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the City of Merri-bek. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the City of Merri-bek regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the City of Merri-bek'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.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
City of Merri-bek2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. VictoriaNumber%. Victoria2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing870.22.1810.22.9+6
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1960.41.21870.41.2+9
Wholesale Trade1,2782.63.21,5653.33.4-287
Retail Trade4,8069.89.55,56211.810.5-756
Accommodation and Food Services4,5629.36.13,6207.76.7+942
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,7053.55.21,8263.95.2-121
Information Media and Telecommunications7651.61.95521.22.1+213
Financial and Insurance Services6851.44.44891.03.8+196
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services6911.41.66381.41.5+54
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,9798.19.82,8426.08.6+1,137
Administrative and Support Services1,3102.73.11,2552.73.5+55
Public Administration and Safety2,6245.35.92,4085.15.1+216
Education and Training5,86911.98.74,88310.48.6+986
Health Care and Social Assistance8,68017.714.28,81818.713.1-138
Arts and Recreation Services1,2552.61.81,0852.32.0+170
Other Services2,5325.23.62,6835.73.9-151
Total industries49,152100.0100.047,152100.0100.0+2,001

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. Compiled and presented in 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 local workers in the City of Merri-bek in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (8,680 people or 17.7%)
  • Education and Training (5,869 people or 11.9%)
  • Retail Trade (4,806 people or 9.8%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 19,355 people in total or 39.4% of the local workers.

In comparison, Victoria employed 14.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 8.7% in Education and Training and 9.5% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of Merri-bek and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (17.7% compared to 14.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (11.9% compared to 8.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (9.3% compared to 6.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.4% compared to 4.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the City of Merri-bek increased by 2,001 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+1,137 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+986 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+942 local workers)
  • Construction (+381 local workers)

City of Merri-bek

economic profile