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Sydney Eastern Suburbs

Employment by industry (Total)

In the Sydney Eastern Suburbs, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 20,620 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the Sydney Eastern Suburbs. 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 the Sydney Eastern Suburbs 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 the Sydney Eastern Suburbs'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
Sydney Eastern Suburbs2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1440.12.12800.32.3-136
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2170.21.02180.21.1-1
Wholesale Trade1,3871.23.61,6031.64.0-216
Retail Trade12,29710.910.39,5329.510.1+2,766
Accommodation and Food Services10,1299.07.09,0789.07.1+1,051
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5,4894.95.04,5574.55.1+931
Information Media and Telecommunications1,2081.12.31,2371.22.4-29
Financial and Insurance Services2,1711.95.12,0662.15.1+105
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2,7012.41.62,7082.71.8-7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8,3137.49.17,1037.18.3+1,210
Administrative and Support Services3,0512.73.33,7463.73.5-695
Public Administration and Safety6,2225.56.06,0646.05.9+158
Education and Training18,83316.78.516,45416.48.5+2,379
Health Care and Social Assistance20,62018.312.417,82717.712.1+2,792
Arts and Recreation Services3,0132.71.62,9622.91.7+51
Other Services5,0434.53.94,3334.33.9+710
Total industries112,860100.0100.0100,611100.0100.0+12,249

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts. 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 the Sydney Eastern Suburbs in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (20,620 people or 18.3%)
  • Education and Training (18,833 people or 16.7%)
  • Retail Trade (12,297 people or 10.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 51,750 people in total or 45.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 12.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 8.5% in Education and Training and 10.3% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Sydney Eastern Suburbs and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (16.7% compared to 8.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (18.3% compared to 12.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (1.5% compared to 6.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.9% compared to 5.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Sydney Eastern Suburbs increased by increased by 12,249 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,792 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+2,766 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+2,379 local workers)
  • Construction (+1,353 local workers)

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