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.
National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series
|Employment (total) by industry|
|City of South Perth||2021/22||2016/17||Change|
|Industry||Number||%||Western Australia||Number||%||Western Australia||2016/17 - 2021/22|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||91||0.5||2.2||131||0.9||2.7||-41|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||26||0.2||1.5||26||0.2||1.3||-1|
|Accommodation and Food Services||1,590||9.6||6.2||1,542||10.5||6.6||+48|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||129||0.8||5.1||144||1.0||4.9||-15|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||92||0.6||1.1||92||0.6||1.2||+1|
|Financial and Insurance Services||718||4.3||2.4||651||4.4||2.4||+67|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||528||3.2||1.6||494||3.4||1.7||+34|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||1,832||11.1||7.4||1,669||11.4||6.8||+162|
|Administrative and Support Services||438||2.6||3.0||488||3.3||3.2||-50|
|Public Administration and Safety||1,489||9.0||6.6||1,065||7.3||6.1||+424|
|Education and Training||2,180||13.2||8.4||2,004||13.6||8.7||+175|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||3,110||18.8||13.3||2,480||16.9||11.8||+630|
|Arts and Recreation Services||868||5.2||1.8||1,024||7.0||2.0||-156|
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. 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 morePlease refer to specific data notes for more information
An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the City of South Perth in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:
- Health Care and Social Assistance (3,110 people or 18.8%)
- Education and Training (2,180 people or 13.2%)
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (1,832 people or 11.1%)
In combination these three industries accounted for 7,121 people in total or 43.0% of the local workers.
In comparison, Western Australia employed 13.3% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 8.4% in Education and Training and 7.4% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of South Perth and Western Australia were:
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (0.6% compared to 6.1%)
- A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (18.8% compared to 13.3%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (4.2% compared to 9.2%)
- A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (13.2% compared to 8.4%)
The number of local workers in the City of South Perth increased by 1,872 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.
- Health Care and Social Assistance (+630 local workers)
- Public Administration and Safety (+424 local workers)
- Mining (+293 local workers)
- Construction (+251 local workers)