Northern Beaches Council area

Employment by industry (Total)

In the Northern Beaches Council area, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 18,431 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the Northern Beaches Council area. 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 Northern Beaches Council area 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 Northern Beaches Council area'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
Northern Beaches Council area2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5850.52.14380.42.3+148
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services5740.51.05320.51.1+42
Wholesale Trade6,3805.83.66,4086.54.0-28
Retail Trade15,52614.210.313,39913.610.1+2,127
Accommodation and Food Services8,5757.97.08,7118.97.1-136
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,5172.35.02,3052.35.1+212
Information Media and Telecommunications1,8481.72.31,8691.92.4-21
Financial and Insurance Services1,9991.85.11,9752.05.1+25
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,8351.71.62,0862.11.8-251
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services10,0899.29.19,3239.58.3+766
Administrative and Support Services2,9792.73.33,6643.73.5-685
Public Administration and Safety3,0682.86.02,9153.05.9+153
Education and Training9,6618.98.59,0769.28.5+585
Health Care and Social Assistance18,43116.912.412,90013.112.1+5,532
Arts and Recreation Services2,3952.21.62,0652.11.7+330
Other Services5,7035.23.94,8504.93.9+854
Total industries109,144100.0100.098,242100.0100.0+10,902

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts. 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 Northern Beaches Council area in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (18,431 people or 16.9%)
  • Retail Trade (15,526 people or 14.2%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (10,089 people or 9.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 44,046 people in total or 40.4% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 12.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.3% in Retail Trade and 9.1% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Northern Beaches Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (16.9% compared to 12.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (14.2% compared to 10.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.8% compared to 5.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (2.8% compared to 6.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Northern Beaches Council area increased by increased by 10,902 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+5,532 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+2,127 local workers)
  • Construction (+2,083 local workers)
  • Other Services (+854 local workers)

Northern Beaches Council

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