Sutherland Shire

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in Sutherland Shire, making up 14.9% 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 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, Sutherland Shire 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.
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
Sutherland Shire20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1180.22.2630.12.2+55
Mining600.10.9510.11.0+9
Manufacturing3,7485.65.95,5829.18.5-1,834
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4510.70.94040.71.1+47
Construction6,1999.38.44,9928.17.3+1,207
Wholesale Trade1,8572.83.12,5504.14.5-693
Retail Trade9,82914.89.79,88116.110.4-52
Accommodation and Food Services5,7488.77.15,0368.26.7+712
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,7122.64.71,6502.75.0+62
Information Media and Telecommunications4750.72.24130.72.3+62
Financial and Insurance Services1,5862.45.01,4682.45.1+118
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,2711.91.81,0961.81.6+175
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5,3118.08.15,2858.67.9+26
Administrative and Support Services1,9482.93.51,4572.43.3+491
Public Administration and Safety2,4633.75.92,5334.15.9-70
Education and Training6,1559.38.35,5319.07.9+624
Health Care and Social Assistance9,93114.912.58,20413.311.6+1,727
Arts and Recreation Services1,1331.71.59561.61.5+177
Other Services3,2854.93.73,0364.93.8+249
Industry not classified3,1524.74.71,2582.02.5+1,894
Total persons66,432100.0100.061,470100.0100.0+4,962

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts.

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Sutherland Shire in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (9,931 people or 14.9%)
  • Retail Trade (9,829 people or 14.8%)
  • Construction (6,199 people or 9.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 25,959 people in total or 39.1% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 12.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.7% in Retail Trade and 8.4% 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 (14.8% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (2.4% compared to 5.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (14.9% compared to 12.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (3.7% compared to 5.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in Sutherland Shire were for those employed in:

  • Industry not classified (+1,894 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-1,834 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,727 local workers)
  • Construction (+1,207 local workers)

Sutherland Shire Council

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