City of Merri-bek

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the City of Merri-bek, making up 16.7% 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 Merri-bek 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 Merri-bek.

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 Merri-bek20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. VictoriaNumber%. Victoria2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing850.22.1630.22.2+22
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1630.41.11390.41.1+24
Wholesale Trade1,0512.42.81,3053.43.2-254
Retail Trade4,70810.69.44,39311.310.2+315
Accommodation and Food Services3,8708.76.22,9257.56.6+945
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,3333.04.71,3633.54.7-30
Information Media and Telecommunications6261.41.64741.21.9+152
Financial and Insurance Services6571.54.14721.23.9+185
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services6091.41.55271.41.6+82
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,2957.48.42,2935.97.9+1,002
Administrative and Support Services1,1042.53.19342.43.4+170
Public Administration and Safety2,4075.45.62,1555.65.3+252
Education and Training5,15711.78.84,25311.08.7+904
Health Care and Social Assistance7,37416.714.16,42216.512.5+952
Arts and Recreation Services1,0902.51.78502.21.9+240
Other Services2,2135.03.52,0805.43.6+133
Industry not classified2,2165.04.62,1415.54.7+75
Total persons44,261100.0100.038,808100.0100.0+5,453

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 Merri-bek in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (7,374 people or 16.7%)
  • Education and Training (5,157 people or 11.7%)
  • Retail Trade (4,708 people or 10.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 17,239 people in total or 38.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, Victoria employed 14.1% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 8.8% in Education and Training and 9.4% 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 Education and Training (11.7% compared to 8.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.5% compared to 4.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (16.7% compared to 14.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (8.7% compared to 6.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+1,002 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+952 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+945 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+904 local workers)

City of Merri-bek

economic profile