City of Perth

Worker productivity

In the City of Perth, Mining had the highest productivity by industry, generating $415,590 per worker in 2020/21.

Worker productivity by industry is calculated by dividing the industry value add by the number of persons employed in that industry. It shows which industries generate the most value add per employee. Some industry sectors, such as retail trade, are not highly productive per worker, but they employ a lot of people. Other industries, such as mining, employ fewer people but generate high levels of productivity. Each plays an important role in the economy.

Worker productivity data should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total)and Employment by industry (FTE), to see the relative size of employment in each industry, and with Local workers income to see how many local workers are actually each in each industry, and with Sources of income data to see whether employment is the main way income is derived.

Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section. National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Productivity per worker (annual) by industry
City of Perth - Constant prices2020/212015/16Change
Industry$Western Australia$$Western Australia$ 2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing252,561198,061149,839175,281+102,722
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services230,806234,208266,415310,303-35,609
Wholesale Trade219,195192,714189,990171,867+29,205
Retail Trade84,22772,72584,69066,176-463
Accommodation and Food Services60,48251,74065,00554,128-4,523
Transport, Postal and Warehousing243,293149,783250,088170,124-6,795
Information Media and Telecommunications200,203176,224180,075154,674+20,129
Financial and Insurance Services353,016345,150344,708325,020+8,308
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services308,377237,855301,551230,653+6,826
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services155,548148,548173,141164,379-17,593
Administrative and Support Services195,886147,018224,703153,245-28,817
Public Administration and Safety94,064116,251107,617122,385-13,553
Education and Training87,08278,40595,78679,345-8,704
Health Care and Social Assistance108,52894,42988,44182,189+20,087
Arts and Recreation Services56,85058,93449,22958,270+7,621
Other Services82,90988,02578,27171,037+4,638
Total worker productivity186,740209,232204,006204,459-17,266

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). Data are based on a 2018-19 price base for all years. NIEIR-ID data are inflation adjusted each year to allow direct comparison, and annual data releases adjust previous years’ figures to a new base year.Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers in the City of Perth in 2020/21 shows the three highest industries were:

  • Mining ($415,590)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($353,016)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services ($308,377)

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Western Australia were for $1,120,845 in Mining; $345,150 in Financial and Insurance Services and $237,855 in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.

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

  • A higher worker productivity in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing ($252,561 compared to $198,061)
  • A higher worker productivity in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services ($308,377 compared to $237,855)
  • A higher worker productivity in Transport, Postal and Warehousing ($243,293 compared to $149,783)
  • A lower worker productivity in Mining ($415,590 compared to $1,120,845)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in the City of Perth decreased by -17,266 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2015/16 and 2020/21 in the City of Perth were for those employed in:

  • Construction (-$131,229)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+$102,722)
  • Mining (-$46,663)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (-$35,609)

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