City of Perth

Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of Perth, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is the largest employer, generating 47,319 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 Perth. 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 Perth 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 Perth'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 Perth2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2470.12.23170.22.7-69
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3,7421.71.53,4992.11.3+242
Wholesale Trade1,8670.92.71,7161.02.9+151
Retail Trade5,4572.58.75,8413.49.6-384
Accommodation and Food Services8,8564.16.28,9065.26.6-50
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,3702.05.13,3692.04.9+1,001
Information Media and Telecommunications4,9582.31.14,2082.51.2+749
Financial and Insurance Services18,6558.62.414,9168.72.4+3,739
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3,1511.51.62,8681.71.7+284
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services47,31921.97.432,21318.96.8+15,106
Administrative and Support Services7,3533.43.06,5963.93.2+758
Public Administration and Safety29,12413.56.621,25112.56.1+7,873
Education and Training7,2833.48.47,8214.68.7-539
Health Care and Social Assistance26,38912.213.317,38610.211.8+9,003
Arts and Recreation Services2,3611.11.82,3271.42.0+34
Other Services3,4281.64.03,5722.14.3-144
Total industries215,995100.0100.0170,528100.0100.0+45,467

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 Perth in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (47,319 people or 21.9%)
  • Mining (31,249 people or 14.5%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (29,124 people or 13.5%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 107,692 people in total or 49.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 7.4% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; 9.2% in Mining and 6.6% in Public Administration and Safety.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of Perth and Western Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (21.9% compared to 7.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (13.5% compared to 6.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (8.6% compared to 2.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (2.5% compared to 8.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the City of Perth increased by 45,467 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+15,106 local workers)
  • Mining (+9,874 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+9,003 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+7,873 local workers)

City of Perth

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