City of Playford

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the City of Playford, making up 25.6% 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 Playford 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 Playford.

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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current benchmark:
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
City of Playford20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,9617.03.81,4566.04.0+505
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1910.71.32120.91.2-21
Wholesale Trade5431.92.33671.52.8+176
Retail Trade3,71713.29.73,37213.910.7+345
Accommodation and Food Services1,6325.86.61,4205.96.7+212
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,0493.74.18203.44.1+229
Information Media and Telecommunications1040.41.0850.41.3+19
Financial and Insurance Services1640.62.71690.72.7-5
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1600.61.22180.91.3-58
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4141.56.13991.65.5+15
Administrative and Support Services1,0283.63.88723.63.6+156
Public Administration and Safety1,4525.16.61,3655.67.1+87
Education and Training3,37112.08.82,59210.78.7+779
Health Care and Social Assistance7,23125.616.45,36622.114.8+1,865
Arts and Recreation Services2120.81.41820.81.4+30
Other Services8302.93.96272.63.9+203
Industry not classified9843.53.38693.63.3+115
Total persons28,207100.0100.024,247100.0100.0+3,960

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. 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 Playford in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (7,231 people or 25.6%)
  • Retail Trade (3,717 people or 13.2%)
  • Education and Training (3,371 people or 12.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 14,319 people in total or 50.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 16.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.7% in Retail Trade and 8.8% in Education and Training.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (25.6% compared to 16.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (1.5% compared to 6.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (13.2% compared to 9.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (7.0% compared to 3.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in the City of Playford were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,865 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-1,125 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+779 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+505 local workers)

City of Playford

economic profile