Sunshine Coast

Employment self-containment

In 2016, 77.6% of Sunshine Coast’s resident workers were employed locally.

Self-containment measures the proportion of resident workers who are employed within the boundaries of the Local Government Area or region. It indicates the propensity of residents to seek employment outside the Local Government Area or region in which they live.

Self containment is likely to be higher for regional areas and, 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-containment data should be viewed in conjunction with detailed Residents place of workdata to see where resident workers are accessing employment, along with Jobs to workers ratio data which provides the theoretical number of jobs which could be provided to residents of Sunshine Coast in the local area, and is updated annually. The Resident workers section will provide the characteristics of resident workers.

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, Sunshine Coast Council 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.
  • Industry
  • Occupations
Employment self-containment by Industry
Sunshine Coast20162011Change
IndustryTotal resident workersResident workers employed in the region% of resident workers employed in the regionTotal resident workersResident workers employed in the region% of resident workers employed in the region2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,2611,91384.61,8831,70390.4-5.8%
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,22081666.91,11284776.2-9.3%
Wholesale Trade2,7102,06176.13,4952,81280.5-4.4%
Retail Trade14,13012,30187.114,13212,50688.5-1.4%
Accommodation and Food Services10,9009,67588.89,5168,60990.5-1.7%
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,3662,86165.53,9032,88774.0-8.4%
Information Media and Telecommunications1,3671,09780.21,3031,11285.3-5.1%
Financial and Insurance Services3,5573,06186.13,0792,62485.2+0.8%
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,9062,54187.42,5312,22387.8-0.4%
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7,2375,89081.46,3315,25483.0-1.6%
Administrative and Support Services4,9733,46769.72,9512,49684.6-14.9%
Public Administration and Safety5,4283,83770.74,9503,71775.1-4.4%
Education and Training11,6059,61882.99,2157,74184.0-1.1%
Health Care and Social Assistance19,33416,45685.115,07513,28288.1-3.0%
Arts and Recreation Services2,3912,02584.71,6631,47988.9-4.2%
Other Services5,1134,21382.44,1523,66888.3-5.9%
Industry not classified5,6754,37277.02,3051,94684.4-7.4%
Total Industries129,622100,63677.6106,80988,55282.9-5.3%

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

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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