Sutherland Shire

Employment by industry (Total)

In Sutherland Shire, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 14,285 local jobs in 2020/21.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Sutherland Shire. 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 Sutherland Shire 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 Sutherland Shire'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
Sutherland Shire2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2950.42.11690.22.3+125
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1,2291.51.05130.71.1+715
Wholesale Trade3,2144.03.42,1672.83.5+1,047
Retail Trade11,50214.29.512,18116.09.9-680
Accommodation and Food Services5,7897.26.57,0469.27.2-1,257
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,3642.95.01,9212.55.0+443
Information Media and Telecommunications4470.62.24980.72.4-51
Financial and Insurance Services1,6832.15.11,5922.15.1+92
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,2121.51.71,3681.81.8-156
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6,0947.510.16,1328.08.7-38
Administrative and Support Services1,9562.43.32,6403.53.6-685
Public Administration and Safety2,6703.36.12,6503.55.9+20
Education and Training8,05110.08.77,4849.88.7+568
Health Care and Social Assistance14,28517.713.212,23816.012.9+2,047
Arts and Recreation Services1,3401.71.71,5202.01.7-180
Other Services4,3555.43.74,0265.33.8+329
Total industries80,895100.0100.076,287100.0100.0+4,608

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. 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 Sutherland Shire in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (14,285 people or 17.7%)
  • Retail Trade (11,502 people or 14.2%)
  • Construction (9,477 people or 11.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 35,264 people in total or 43.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 13.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.5% in Retail Trade and 9.0% in Construction.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Sutherland Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (14.2% compared to 9.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (17.7% compared to 13.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (2.1% compared to 5.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.3% compared to 6.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Sutherland Shire increased by increased by 4,608 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Construction (+2,159 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,047 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (+1,047 local workers)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+715 local workers)

Sutherland Shire Council

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