City of South Perth

Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of South Perth, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 3,142 local jobs in 2020/21.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the City of South Perth. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the City of South Perth regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the City of South Perth'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.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
City of South Perth2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1340.92.41300.92.5+4
Mining4753.18.43932.67.3+82
Manufacturing880.66.61080.76.3-20
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services170.11.5260.21.3-9
Construction5843.89.01,1967.910.6-612
Wholesale Trade430.32.9680.52.8-25
Retail Trade8095.39.09916.69.7-182
Accommodation and Food Services1,58710.36.11,50810.06.4+79
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1400.94.61531.04.8-13
Information Media and Telecommunications800.51.1930.61.2-13
Financial and Insurance Services7935.22.35903.92.4+203
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4502.91.65573.71.8-107
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,03213.27.21,73711.56.8+295
Administrative and Support Services4843.23.15043.33.3-20
Public Administration and Safety1,2578.26.61,1517.66.2+106
Education and Training1,90912.49.22,03713.59.0-128
Health Care and Social Assistance3,14220.412.92,35915.611.6+783
Arts and Recreation Services9045.91.69686.41.8-64
Other Services4472.93.95383.64.2-91
Total industries15,375100.0100.015,108100.0100.0+267

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 local workers in the City of South Perth in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (3,142 people or 20.4%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (2,032 people or 13.2%)
  • Education and Training (1,909 people or 12.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 7,083 people in total or 46.1% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 12.9% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 7.2% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services and 9.2% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of South Perth and Western Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (20.4% compared to 12.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (0.6% compared to 6.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (13.2% compared to 7.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (3.1% compared to 8.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the City of South Perth increased by increased by 267 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+783 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+295 local workers)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+203 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+106 local workers)

City of South Perth

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