RDA Sunshine Coast Region

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RDA Sunshine Coast Region

Employment by industry (FTE)

In the RDA Sunshine Coast Region, Construction is the largest employer, generating 22,641 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 the RDA Sunshine Coast 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 the RDA Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast Region2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,8772.24.02,4192.03.1+459
Mining5760.43.46480.53.7-72
Manufacturing7,0475.37.66,9165.87.9+132
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,1990.91.41,3271.11.6-128
Construction22,64117.011.118,21615.310.7+4,424
Wholesale Trade3,6482.73.33,1392.63.3+509
Retail Trade13,40410.17.913,72311.59.1-318
Accommodation and Food Services10,5687.95.79,5158.05.6+1,052
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,1813.15.74,3093.66.0-128
Information Media and Telecommunications1,4241.11.31,3881.21.4+36
Financial and Insurance Services3,6542.72.63,2252.72.5+429
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3,7532.82.03,3012.82.1+452
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9,1836.97.77,8446.67.8+1,339
Administrative and Support Services3,8702.93.14,1453.53.1-275
Public Administration and Safety4,6263.56.74,8574.16.9-231
Education and Training12,9929.88.49,6358.17.7+3,358
Health Care and Social Assistance19,12514.412.616,56613.911.5+2,559
Arts and Recreation Services2,7472.11.52,2191.91.5+528
Other Services5,4494.14.15,6004.74.5-151
Total industries132,966100.0100.0118,993100.0100.0+13,973

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 the RDA Sunshine Coast Region in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction (22,641 people or 17.0%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (19,125 people or 14.4%)
  • Retail Trade (13,404 people or 10.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 55,170 people in total or 41.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 11.1% in Construction; 12.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 7.9% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of the RDA Sunshine Coast Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Construction (17.0% compared to 11.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (3.5% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Mining (0.4% compared to 3.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Transport, Postal and Warehousing (3.1% compared to 5.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region increased by increased by 13,973 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 the RDA Sunshine Coast Region were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+4,424 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Education and Training (+3,358 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,559 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+1,339 full-time equivalent local workers)

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