City of South Perth

Employment self-sufficiency

In 2021, 26.7% of the City of South Perth’s local workers were residents.

Self-sufficiency measures the proportion of local workers in the local area who also live in the Local Government Area or region. It indicates the level at which the resident workers meet the labour requirements of the local industries or businesses.

Self-sufficiency is likely to be higher for regional areas, lower in metropolitan areas and is influenced by:

  • The nature of employment opportunities versus the skills and qualifications of residents;
  • Transport options available and commuting times;
  • Relationship between wages and salaries and house prices in the area; and
  • The geographic size of the area.

Employment self-sufficiency data should be viewed in conjunction with detailed Workers place of residence data to see how far workers are travelling to access employment in the area, as well as Worker productivity and Local workers income and Local workers hours worked data to look at the value of local workers contributions. The Resident workers section will provide the characteristics of resident workers.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

  • Industry
  • Occupations
Employment self-sufficiency by Industry
City of South Perth20212016Change
IndustryTotal local workersLocal workers living in the region% of local workers living in the regionTotal local workersLocal workers living in the region% of local workers living in the region2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing703042.91013130.7+12.2%
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services21942.9201470.0-27.1%
Wholesale Trade713954.9704260.0-5.1%
Retail Trade81029236.082130837.5-1.5%
Accommodation and Food Services1,48140827.51,29137328.9-1.3%
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1407150.71318564.9-14.2%
Information Media and Telecommunications934447.3663654.5-7.2%
Financial and Insurance Services51818836.348015532.3+4.0%
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services43115836.747116234.4+2.3%
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,57356435.91,39850536.1-0.3%
Administrative and Support Services36811531.335213939.5-8.2%
Public Administration and Safety1,1381029.090611412.6-3.6%
Education and Training1,93753427.61,76549027.8-0.2%
Health Care and Social Assistance2,73946016.82,07142420.5-3.7%
Arts and Recreation Services37110227.56499314.3+13.2%
Other Services41314434.943415235.0-0.2%
Industry not classified50616632.848521744.7-11.9%
Total Industries14,0333,75026.712,8163,67728.7-2.0%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021 Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions).

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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City of South Perth

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