RDA Barossa-Gawler-Light-Adelaide Plains

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Employment by industry (Total)

In RDA BGLAP Region, Manufacturing is the largest employer, generating 4,831 local jobs in 2019/20.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in RDA BGLAP Region. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in RDA BGLAP Region regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of RDA BGLAP Region'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.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
RDA BGLAP Region2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,7369.83.82,89811.34.5-163
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1690.61.41150.41.4+54
Wholesale Trade5181.93.25282.13.1-10
Retail Trade3,35712.110.22,77010.810.8+587
Accommodation and Food Services2,0127.26.31,9727.76.5+40
Transport, Postal and Warehousing9783.54.69483.74.5+30
Information Media and Telecommunications2410.91.72050.81.5+35
Financial and Insurance Services3821.42.73051.22.8+77
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2370.91.32420.91.3-4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,0603.86.58843.45.9+176
Administrative and Support Services1,3885.03.81,1554.53.5+233
Public Administration and Safety7842.86.76862.77.0+98
Education and Training2,4388.88.32,2248.78.5+214
Health Care and Social Assistance3,06411.014.52,81411.014.4+250
Arts and Recreation Services3581.31.53081.21.5+50
Other Services1,0563.83.89603.74.0+96
Total industries27,821100.0100.025,655100.0100.0+2,166

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions). 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 local workers in RDA BGLAP Region in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Manufacturing (4,831 people or 17.4%)
  • Retail Trade (3,357 people or 12.1%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (3,064 people or 11.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 11,253 people in total or 40.4% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 9.5% in Manufacturing; 10.2% in Retail Trade and 14.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of RDA BGLAP Region and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (17.4% compared to 9.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (9.8% compared to 3.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (2.8% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (11.0% compared to 14.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in RDA BGLAP Region increased by increased by 2,166 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

  • Retail Trade (+587 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (+335 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+250 local workers)
  • Administrative and Support Services (+233 local workers)

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