RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island

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RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island

Employment by industry (FTE)

In the RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 4,163 FTE jobs in 2018/19.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) employment is modelled by NIEIR and takes into account differences in hours worked between industry sectors. It is a measure that allows direct comparison of employment between industries in the RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island.

Typically, industries such as Retail Trade and Accommodation and Food Services, which employ many part-time workers, have lower FTE employment than total employment.

FTE employment is calculated directly by dividing the total hours worked in each industry by 38. By comparing the number of full-time equivalent jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island'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.

FTE employment should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (Census), for a full understanding of the industry breakdown in the area. Worker productivity data shows the value of a worker in each industry to the local economy. Employment locations shows where employment is taking place in each industry sector.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note: FTE employment is derived from Census data but has been corrected for the known undercount of employment in the Census. Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in thespecific topic notes section.
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Full-time equivalent employment by industry sector
RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4,16312.75.34,53614.76.1-373
Mining6422.01.96762.22.4-34
Manufacturing3,1309.69.62,6488.610.6+481
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services5151.61.83211.01.5+194
Construction3,40510.49.82,8839.39.2+521
Wholesale Trade6602.03.47582.43.6-98
Retail Trade3,1929.78.93,39311.09.2-201
Accommodation and Food Services2,6198.05.52,2907.45.0+329
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,1933.65.31,1983.95.4-5
Information Media and Telecommunications2360.71.42570.81.6-21
Financial and Insurance Services3561.12.53561.22.8+0
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5601.71.44921.61.5+69
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,5694.86.81,3584.46.2+211
Administrative and Support Services9002.73.28772.82.9+23
Public Administration and Safety1,3094.06.81,3614.46.9-52
Education and Training2,6808.27.82,5728.37.9+108
Health Care and Social Assistance3,63611.113.33,15710.212.1+479
Arts and Recreation Services6582.01.45671.81.3+91
Other Services1,3314.14.01,2294.04.0+103
Total industries32,754100.0100.030,929100.0100.0+1,825

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts. NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers in the RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (4,163 people or 12.7%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (3,636 people or 11.1%)
  • Construction (3,405 people or 10.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 11,204 people in total or 34.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 5.3% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 13.3% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 9.8% in Construction.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of the RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (12.7% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (4.0% compared to 6.8%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (8.0% compared to 5.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (11.1% compared to 13.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island increased by increased by 1,825 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in the RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+521 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Manufacturing (+481 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+479 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+329 full-time equivalent local workers)

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