City of Playford

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the City of Playford, making up 22.1% 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 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 Playford 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 Playford20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,4566.04.01,0954.63.9+361
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2120.91.22020.91.3+10
Wholesale Trade3671.52.85822.53.5-215
Retail Trade3,37213.910.73,44414.611.2-72
Accommodation and Food Services1,4205.96.71,2915.56.2+129
Transport, Postal and Warehousing8203.44.16182.64.1+202
Information Media and Telecommunications850.41.3870.41.4-2
Financial and Insurance Services1690.72.71790.83.0-10
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2180.91.31870.81.3+31
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3991.65.53171.35.5+82
Administrative and Support Services8723.63.67033.03.4+169
Public Administration and Safety1,3655.67.11,1935.17.1+172
Education and Training2,59210.78.72,0828.88.0+510
Health Care and Social Assistance5,36622.114.84,46919.013.6+897
Arts and Recreation Services1820.81.41350.61.3+47
Other Services6272.63.95292.23.9+98
Industry not classified8693.63.34501.91.9+419
Total persons24,247100.0100.023,558100.0100.0+689

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the City of Playford in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (5,366 people or 22.1%)
  • Retail Trade (3,372 people or 13.9%)
  • Manufacturing (2,697 people or 11.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 11,435 people in total or 47.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 14.8% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.7% in Retail Trade and 8.0% in Manufacturing.

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 (22.1% compared to 14.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (1.6% compared to 5.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (13.9% compared to 10.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (11.1% compared to 8.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Manufacturing (-2,000 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+897 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+510 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+419 local workers)

City of Playford

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