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.
National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series
|Employment (total) by industry|
|City of Perth||2021/22||2016/17||Change|
|Industry||Number||%||Western Australia||Number||%||Western Australia||2016/17 - 2021/22|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||247||0.1||2.2||317||0.2||2.7||-69|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||3,742||1.7||1.5||3,499||2.1||1.3||+242|
|Accommodation and Food Services||8,856||4.1||6.2||8,906||5.2||6.6||-50|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||4,370||2.0||5.1||3,369||2.0||4.9||+1,001|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||4,958||2.3||1.1||4,208||2.5||1.2||+749|
|Financial and Insurance Services||18,655||8.6||2.4||14,916||8.7||2.4||+3,739|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||3,151||1.5||1.6||2,868||1.7||1.7||+284|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||47,319||21.9||7.4||32,213||18.9||6.8||+15,106|
|Administrative and Support Services||7,353||3.4||3.0||6,596||3.9||3.2||+758|
|Public Administration and Safety||29,124||13.5||6.6||21,251||12.5||6.1||+7,873|
|Education and Training||7,283||3.4||8.4||7,821||4.6||8.7||-539|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||26,389||12.2||13.3||17,386||10.2||11.8||+9,003|
|Arts and Recreation Services||2,361||1.1||1.8||2,327||1.4||2.0||+34|
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions). NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn morePlease refer to specific data notes for more information
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%)
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)