RDA Barossa-Gawler-Light-Adelaide Plains

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Employment by industry (Census)

Manufacturing is the largest employer in RDA BGLAP Region, making up 16.5% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in RDA BGLAP Region 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 RDA BGLAP Region.

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, RDA BGLAP Region 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
RDA BGLAP Region20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,37410.14.02,0739.63.9+301
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1370.61.2970.51.3+40
Wholesale Trade4421.92.85842.73.5-142
Retail Trade2,57011.010.72,49911.611.2+71
Accommodation and Food Services1,8668.06.71,6177.56.2+249
Transport, Postal and Warehousing8253.54.18123.84.1+13
Information Media and Telecommunications1700.71.31440.71.4+26
Financial and Insurance Services2911.22.73081.43.0-17
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2401.01.32191.01.3+21
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7603.25.56953.25.5+65
Administrative and Support Services1,0104.33.67623.53.4+248
Public Administration and Safety7203.17.16062.87.1+114
Education and Training2,1519.28.71,8838.88.0+268
Health Care and Social Assistance2,60911.114.82,33510.913.6+274
Arts and Recreation Services2911.21.42671.21.3+24
Other Services8623.73.97783.63.9+84
Industry not classified8163.53.33521.61.9+464
Total persons23,425100.0100.021,498100.0100.0+1,927

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in RDA BGLAP Region in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Manufacturing (3,871 people or 16.5%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (2,609 people or 11.1%)
  • Retail Trade (2,570 people or 11.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 9,050 people in total or 38.6% of the local workers.

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

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 (16.5% compared to 8.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (10.1% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.1% compared to 7.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (11.1% compared to 14.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in RDA BGLAP Region were for those employed in:

  • Industry not classified (+464 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+301 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-287 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+274 local workers)

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