City of South Perth

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the City of South Perth, making up 16.2% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the City of South Perth regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across the City of South Perth.

Note: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the City of South Perth in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
City of South Perth20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1060.82.5740.62.4+32
Mining2902.36.63853.16.4-95
Manufacturing1100.95.61641.38.2-54
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services230.21.2220.21.1+1
Construction8056.39.97536.110.4+52
Wholesale Trade760.62.51130.93.5-37
Retail Trade8136.39.58496.910.0-36
Accommodation and Food Services1,29610.16.41,1969.75.9+100
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1521.24.61421.24.6+10
Information Media and Telecommunications800.61.0750.61.1+5
Financial and Insurance Services4853.82.35074.12.5-22
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4793.71.75454.41.7-66
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,40010.96.41,68713.77.2-287
Administrative and Support Services3612.83.32832.33.1+78
Public Administration and Safety9117.16.21,38811.36.2-477
Education and Training1,78313.98.71,48012.08.0+303
Health Care and Social Assistance2,08516.211.71,68013.610.3+405
Arts and Recreation Services6695.21.63102.51.3+359
Other Services4403.43.94033.33.9+37
Industry not classified5013.94.62632.12.2+238
Total persons12,865100.0100.012,318100.0100.0+547

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the City of South Perth in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (2,085 people or 16.2%)
  • Education and Training (1,783 people or 13.9%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (1,400 people or 10.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 5,268 people in total or 40.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 11.7% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 8.7% in Education and Training and 6.4% 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 larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (13.9% compared to 8.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (0.9% compared to 5.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (16.2% compared to 11.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (10.9% compared to 6.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the City of South Perth were for those employed in:

  • Public Administration and Safety (-477 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+405 local workers)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (+359 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+303 local workers)

City of South Perth

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