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Sunshine Coast Council area

Employment by industry (FTE)

In the Sunshine Coast Council area, Construction is the largest employer, generating 19,835 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 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 area2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,5992.34.02,1042.13.1+495
Mining5170.53.45690.63.7-51
Manufacturing6,2865.57.66,1146.17.9+172
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,0991.01.41,1941.21.6-95
Construction19,83517.311.115,67915.610.7+4,156
Wholesale Trade3,0952.73.32,6752.73.3+420
Retail Trade11,2979.97.911,21211.29.1+85
Accommodation and Food Services8,2177.25.77,2197.25.6+997
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,7633.35.73,7373.76.0+26
Information Media and Telecommunications1,2411.11.31,2031.21.4+39
Financial and Insurance Services3,3132.92.62,8772.92.5+435
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3,0582.72.02,6402.62.1+418
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7,7196.77.76,4846.57.8+1,235
Administrative and Support Services3,1922.83.13,3443.33.1-152
Public Administration and Safety4,1073.66.74,3024.36.9-195
Education and Training11,3399.98.48,2888.27.7+3,052
Health Care and Social Assistance16,78014.712.614,32214.211.5+2,458
Arts and Recreation Services2,3382.01.51,8701.91.5+468
Other Services4,6374.14.14,6924.74.5-55
Total industries114,433100.0100.0100,525100.0100.0+13,908

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 Sunshine Coast Council area in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction (19,835 people or 17.3%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (16,780 people or 14.7%)
  • Education and Training (11,339 people or 9.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 47,955 people in total or 41.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 11.1% in Construction; 12.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 8.4% in Education and Training.

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 (17.3% compared to 11.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (3.6% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Mining (0.5% compared to 3.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Transport, Postal and Warehousing (3.3% compared to 5.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the Sunshine Coast Council area increased by increased by 13,908 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 Sunshine Coast Council area were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+4,156 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Education and Training (+3,052 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,458 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+1,235 full-time equivalent local workers)

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