Penrith City

Employment by industry (FTE)

In Penrith City, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 12,883 FTE jobs in 2022/23.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) employment is modelled by NIEIR and takes into account differences in hours worked between industry sectors. It is a measure that allows direct comparison of employment between industries in Penrith City.

Typically, industries such as Retail Trade and Accommodation and Food Services, which employ many part-time workers, have lower FTE employment than total employment.

FTE employment is calculated directly by dividing the total hours worked in each industry by 38. By comparing the number of full-time equivalent jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of Penrith City'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.

FTE employment should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (Census), for a full understanding of the industry breakdown in the area. Worker productivity data shows the value of a worker in each industry to the local economy. Employment locations shows where employment is taking place in each industry sector.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note: FTE employment is derived from Census data but has been corrected for the known undercount of employment in the Census. Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in thespecific topic notes section.
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Full-time equivalent employment by industry sector
Penrith City2022/232017/18Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2017/18 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing8651.12.37001.02.4+165
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,7532.11.21,2691.81.1+484
Wholesale Trade3,6784.53.32,4423.43.8+1,235
Retail Trade7,5119.28.46,9939.88.4+518
Accommodation and Food Services4,1045.05.33,4284.85.5+675
Transport, Postal and Warehousing8,36910.25.46,3738.95.7+1,996
Information Media and Telecommunications7650.92.25430.82.7+222
Financial and Insurance Services1,0571.35.98641.25.3+193
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,3881.71.81,2301.71.9+157
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,7573.411.02,4523.410.4+305
Administrative and Support Services2,4032.92.91,7512.42.9+652
Public Administration and Safety6,0687.46.24,4156.25.5+1,653
Education and Training7,0218.68.06,3928.97.8+629
Health Care and Social Assistance12,88315.713.59,27113.011.8+3,611
Arts and Recreation Services7690.91.48261.21.5-57
Other Services2,8363.53.52,7173.83.7+119
Total industries81,820100.0100.071,544100.0100.0+10,276

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2024. ©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 full-time equivalent local workers in Penrith City in 2022/23 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (12,883 people or 15.7%)
  • Construction (9,634 people or 11.8%)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (8,369 people or 10.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 30,886 people in total or 37.7% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 13.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.3% in Construction and 5.4% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of Penrith City and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.4% compared to 11.0%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Transport, Postal and Warehousing (10.2% compared to 5.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Financial and Insurance Services (1.3% compared to 5.9%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Manufacturing (9.4% compared to 6.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in Penrith City increased by increased by 10,276 between 2017/18 and 2022/23.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2017/18 and 2022/23 in Penrith City were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+3,611 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+1,996 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+1,653 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (+1,235 full-time equivalent local workers)

Penrith City Council

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