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Sunshine Coast Council area

Employment by industry (FTE)

In the Sunshine Coast Council area, Construction is the largest employer, generating 19,448 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 Sunshine Coast Council area.

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 Sunshine Coast Council area'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
Sunshine Coast Council area2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3,3572.83.42,1122.13.1+1,244
Mining5250.43.36300.64.1-104
Manufacturing7,3326.17.56,2176.38.1+1,116
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,0140.81.51,4381.51.6-424
Construction19,44816.211.114,49814.711.3+4,951
Wholesale Trade2,8452.43.42,8572.93.5-13
Retail Trade13,08410.98.311,58911.79.3+1,495
Accommodation and Food Services9,2317.75.97,0687.25.3+2,163
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,8104.06.03,7913.86.0+1,019
Information Media and Telecommunications1,4211.21.41,3141.31.5+108
Financial and Insurance Services3,8363.22.72,7432.82.4+1,093
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,0361.72.02,7072.72.2-672
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7,6846.47.16,2436.37.5+1,440
Administrative and Support Services3,9393.33.23,3623.43.1+577
Public Administration and Safety5,1474.36.74,2724.36.9+874
Education and Training9,1267.68.27,9428.07.2+1,184
Health Care and Social Assistance18,67015.612.413,69613.911.0+4,974
Arts and Recreation Services1,9981.71.61,7521.81.4+246
Other Services4,5073.84.24,6074.74.5-101
Total industries120,009100.0100.098,839100.0100.0+21,169

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 Sunshine Coast Council area in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction (19,448 people or 16.2%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (18,670 people or 15.6%)
  • Retail Trade (13,084 people or 10.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 51,203 people in total or 42.7% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 11.1% in Construction; 12.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 8.3% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Construction (16.2% compared to 11.1%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (15.6% compared to 12.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Mining (0.4% compared to 3.3%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Retail Trade (10.9% compared to 8.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the Sunshine Coast Council area increased by increased by 21,169 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 Sunshine Coast Council area were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+4,974 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Construction (+4,951 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+2,163 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+1,495 full-time equivalent local workers)

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