City of South Perth

Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of South Perth, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 3,315 local jobs in 2022/23.

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 Perth2022/232017/18Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2017/18 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing860.52.11320.92.9-46
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services270.21.4300.21.4-2
Wholesale Trade580.42.8650.42.7-6
Retail Trade1,2617.68.38996.09.2+361
Accommodation and Food Services1,6259.86.21,61010.86.8+15
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1420.95.11390.94.9+3
Information Media and Telecommunications1060.61.1990.71.2+7
Financial and Insurance Services5913.62.36264.22.3-35
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5093.11.64903.31.6+19
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,89211.47.51,63910.96.7+254
Administrative and Support Services4232.62.94763.23.2-54
Public Administration and Safety1,3678.35.91,2638.46.3+104
Education and Training2,16613.18.32,07813.98.9+87
Health Care and Social Assistance3,31520.013.42,62917.612.2+686
Arts and Recreation Services6423.91.81,0687.12.1-426
Other Services4552.74.15353.64.1-80
Total industries16,558100.0100.014,974100.0100.0+1,584

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. Compiled and presented in 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 2022/23 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (3,315 people or 20.0%)
  • Education and Training (2,166 people or 13.1%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (1,892 people or 11.4%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 7,373 people in total or 44.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 13.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 8.3% in Education and Training and 7.5% 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 larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (20.0% compared to 13.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (0.6% compared to 6.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (4.5% compared to 9.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (13.1% compared to 8.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the City of South Perth increased by 1,584 between 2017/18 and 2022/23.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+686 local workers)
  • Construction (+365 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+361 local workers)
  • Mining (+327 local workers)

City of South Perth

economic profile