Sutherland Shire

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Sutherland Shire, making up 16.5% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Sutherland Shire 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 Sutherland Shire.

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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current benchmark:
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Sutherland Shire20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1490.22.01180.22.2+31
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services6220.91.04510.70.9+171
Wholesale Trade1,8442.52.91,8572.83.1-13
Retail Trade9,43913.09.09,82914.89.7-390
Accommodation and Food Services5,3317.36.25,7488.77.1-417
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,1703.04.61,7122.64.7+458
Information Media and Telecommunications5370.71.94750.72.2+62
Financial and Insurance Services1,8752.65.31,5862.45.0+289
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,3111.81.71,2711.91.8+40
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6,5029.08.95,3118.08.1+1,191
Administrative and Support Services1,9412.73.21,9482.93.5-7
Public Administration and Safety2,7173.75.82,4633.75.9+254
Education and Training7,2149.98.76,1559.38.3+1,059
Health Care and Social Assistance11,97616.514.49,93114.912.5+2,045
Arts and Recreation Services1,0481.41.41,1331.71.5-85
Other Services3,4124.73.43,2854.93.7+127
Industry not classified2,9444.14.63,1524.74.7-208
Total persons72,579100.0100.066,432100.0100.0+6,147

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

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Sutherland Shire in 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (11,976 people or 16.5%)
  • Retail Trade (9,439 people or 13.0%)
  • Construction (7,951 people or 11.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 29,366 people in total or 40.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 14.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.0% in Retail Trade and 8.6% 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 (13.0% compared to 9.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (2.6% compared to 5.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (11.0% compared to 8.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (16.5% compared to 14.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in Sutherland Shire were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,045 local workers)
  • Construction (+1,752 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+1,191 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,059 local workers)

Sutherland Shire Council

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