Northern Beaches Council area

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the Northern Beaches Council area, making up 13.0% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Northern Beaches 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 the Northern Beaches 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, the Northern Beaches 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
Northern Beaches Council area20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3880.42.21920.22.2+196
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4680.50.94580.61.1+10
Wholesale Trade4,4895.13.17,0728.64.5-2,583
Retail Trade11,14012.69.711,17213.610.4-32
Accommodation and Food Services7,5178.57.16,3917.86.7+1,126
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,9492.24.71,6462.05.0+303
Information Media and Telecommunications1,6541.92.21,5611.92.3+93
Financial and Insurance Services1,8682.15.02,0192.55.1-151
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,8992.21.81,7622.21.6+137
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8,4669.68.17,8979.67.9+569
Administrative and Support Services2,7533.13.52,3422.93.3+411
Public Administration and Safety2,7683.15.92,5703.15.9+198
Education and Training7,9439.08.36,7918.37.9+1,152
Health Care and Social Assistance11,45813.012.59,72711.911.6+1,731
Arts and Recreation Services1,6951.91.51,4581.81.5+237
Other Services3,9794.53.73,7994.63.8+180
Industry not classified4,8305.54.72,0522.52.5+2,778
Total persons88,234100.0100.081,888100.0100.0+6,346

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 the Northern Beaches Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (11,458 people or 13.0%)
  • Retail Trade (11,140 people or 12.6%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (8,466 people or 9.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 31,064 people in total or 35.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 12.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.7% in Retail Trade and 8.1% 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 Retail Trade (12.6% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (2.1% compared to 5.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.1% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Transport, Postal and Warehousing (2.2% compared to 4.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Northern Beaches Council area were for those employed in:

  • Industry not classified (+2,778 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (-2,583 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,731 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-1,346 local workers)

Northern Beaches Council

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