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RDA BGLAP Region

Employment by industry (FTE)

In RDA BGLAP Region, Manufacturing is the largest employer, generating 4,200 FTE jobs in 2019/20.

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 RDA BGLAP Region.

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 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.

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 BGLAP Region2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,66411.94.73,39715.66.5-734
Mining2050.92.01880.92.4+18
Manufacturing4,20018.810.14,24619.510.0-46
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1540.71.7980.51.5+55
Construction1,8108.19.61,8018.38.7+9
Wholesale Trade4602.13.44672.13.2-7
Retail Trade2,35010.58.92,0009.29.2+349
Accommodation and Food Services1,1865.34.91,2525.85.2-66
Transport, Postal and Warehousing9494.35.19934.65.4-44
Information Media and Telecommunications1490.71.61350.61.5+14
Financial and Insurance Services2731.22.52341.12.7+39
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1970.91.42081.01.4-11
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8743.97.17483.46.7+126
Administrative and Support Services1,0114.53.37683.52.9+243
Public Administration and Safety6452.96.95552.66.9+90
Education and Training1,9148.68.21,7267.98.0+187
Health Care and Social Assistance2,2089.913.41,9458.912.5+263
Arts and Recreation Services2211.01.32181.01.4+3
Other Services8563.83.97873.64.0+70
Total industries22,325100.0100.021,767100.0100.0+558

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 full-time equivalent local workers in RDA BGLAP Region in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Manufacturing (4,200 people or 18.8%)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2,664 people or 11.9%)
  • Retail Trade (2,350 people or 10.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 9,213 people in total or 41.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, South Australia employed 10.1% in Manufacturing; 4.7% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing and 8.9% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Manufacturing (18.8% compared to 10.1%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (11.9% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (2.9% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (9.9% compared to 13.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in RDA BGLAP Region increased by increased by 558 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2014/15 and 2019/20 in RDA BGLAP Region were for those employed in:

  • Retail Trade (+349 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+263 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Administrative and Support Services (+243 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Education and Training (+187 full-time equivalent local workers)

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