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.
National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series
|Full-time equivalent employment by industry sector|
|Sunshine Coast Council area||2018/19||2013/14||Change|
|Industry||Number||%||Queensland||Number||%||Queensland||2013/14 - 2018/19|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||3,357||2.8||3.4||2,112||2.1||3.1||+1,244|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||1,014||0.8||1.5||1,438||1.5||1.6||-424|
|Accommodation and Food Services||9,231||7.7||5.9||7,068||7.2||5.3||+2,163|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||4,810||4.0||6.0||3,791||3.8||6.0||+1,019|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||1,421||1.2||1.4||1,314||1.3||1.5||+108|
|Financial and Insurance Services||3,836||3.2||2.7||2,743||2.8||2.4||+1,093|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||2,036||1.7||2.0||2,707||2.7||2.2||-672|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||7,684||6.4||7.1||6,243||6.3||7.5||+1,440|
|Administrative and Support Services||3,939||3.3||3.2||3,362||3.4||3.1||+577|
|Public Administration and Safety||5,147||4.3||6.7||4,272||4.3||6.9||+874|
|Education and Training||9,126||7.6||8.2||7,942||8.0||7.2||+1,184|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||18,670||15.6||12.4||13,696||13.9||11.0||+4,974|
|Arts and Recreation Services||1,998||1.7||1.6||1,752||1.8||1.4||+246|
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 morePlease refer to specific data notes for more information
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%)
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)