Sutherland Shire

Employment by industry (Total)

In Sutherland Shire, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 13,501 local jobs in 2021/22.

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 Shire2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3200.42.11680.22.2+152
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services7320.91.15110.61.0+221
Wholesale Trade2,1072.63.02,0402.63.4+68
Retail Trade10,89713.49.311,85915.09.6-962
Accommodation and Food Services5,7857.16.06,7108.56.9-925
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,3382.95.12,1042.75.2+234
Information Media and Telecommunications5470.72.25170.72.4+31
Financial and Insurance Services2,2482.85.51,6232.14.8+626
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,3801.71.81,2991.61.7+81
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7,6109.310.16,2938.09.4+1,317
Administrative and Support Services2,3062.83.32,7543.53.5-448
Public Administration and Safety2,8613.56.12,6363.35.7+225
Education and Training8,75210.78.67,5299.58.5+1,223
Health Care and Social Assistance13,50116.514.212,61015.913.1+891
Arts and Recreation Services1,3161.61.61,5532.01.7-237
Other Services3,9754.93.84,0475.13.7-72
Total industries81,616100.0100.079,106100.0100.0+2,510

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 Sutherland Shire in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (13,501 people or 16.5%)
  • Construction (10,936 people or 13.4%)
  • Retail Trade (10,897 people or 13.4%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 35,334 people in total or 43.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 14.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 8.9% in Construction and 9.3% in Retail Trade.

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 Construction (13.4% compared to 8.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (13.4% compared to 9.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (2.8% compared to 5.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.5% compared to 6.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Sutherland Shire increased by 2,510 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+1,317 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,223 local workers)
  • Construction (+982 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+891 local workers)

Sutherland Shire Council

economic profile