City of South Perth

Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of South Perth, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 3,110 local jobs in 2021/22.

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 Perth2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing910.52.21310.92.7-41
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services260.21.5260.21.3-1
Wholesale Trade760.52.7700.52.9+6
Retail Trade1,0566.48.79256.39.6+131
Accommodation and Food Services1,5909.66.21,54210.56.6+48
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1290.85.11441.04.9-15
Information Media and Telecommunications920.61.1920.61.2+1
Financial and Insurance Services7184.32.46514.42.4+67
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5283.21.64943.41.7+34
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,83211.17.41,66911.46.8+162
Administrative and Support Services4382.63.04883.33.2-50
Public Administration and Safety1,4899.06.61,0657.36.1+424
Education and Training2,18013.28.42,00413.68.7+175
Health Care and Social Assistance3,11018.813.32,48016.911.8+630
Arts and Recreation Services8685.21.81,0247.02.0-156
Other Services4562.84.05473.74.3-90
Total industries16,560100.0100.014,688100.0100.0+1,872

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 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%)

Emerging groups

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)

City of South Perth

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