City of Perth

Employment by industry (Census)

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is the largest employer in the City of Perth, making up 17.4% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the City of Perth 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 City of Perth.

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 City of Perth 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
City of Perth20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1880.12.5002.4+188
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2,1531.51.2001.1+2,153
Wholesale Trade1,2300.92.5003.5+1,230
Retail Trade5,4253.89.50010.0+5,425
Accommodation and Food Services8,4646.06.4005.9+8,464
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,4111.74.6004.6+2,411
Information Media and Telecommunications2,5651.81.0001.1+2,565
Financial and Insurance Services12,4758.82.3002.5+12,475
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,6281.91.7001.7+2,628
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services24,58117.46.4007.2+24,581
Administrative and Support Services5,4173.83.3003.1+5,417
Public Administration and Safety19,16313.66.2006.2+19,163
Education and Training6,9995.08.7008.0+6,999
Health Care and Social Assistance15,21410.811.70010.3+15,214
Arts and Recreation Services1,5471.11.6001.3+1,547
Other Services2,8302.03.9003.9+2,830
Industry not classified4,7843.44.6002.2+4,784
Total persons140,974100.0100.00100.0100.0+140,974

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 City of Perth in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (24,581 people or 17.4%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (19,163 people or 13.6%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (15,214 people or 10.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 58,958 people in total or 41.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 6.4% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; 6.2% in Public Administration and Safety and 11.7% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

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 (17.4% compared to 6.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (13.6% compared to 6.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (8.8% compared to 2.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (4.2% compared to 9.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the City of Perth were for those employed in:

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+24,581 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+19,163 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+15,214 local workers)
  • Mining (+14,342 local workers)

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