City of Sydney
Employment by industry (Census)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is the largest employer in the City of Sydney, making up 19.4% of total employment.
Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in City of Sydney 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 the City of Sydney.
NOTE: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by at at least 20% due to poor recording of workplace addresses, and large numbers of workers who don’t answer the relevant question, or have no usual workplace address. While this data shows the underlying structure of the economy and relative proportions of different industries, it should not be used as an accurate measure of local jobs. Census employment data should be viewed alongside modelled Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (FTE) data which resolves the undercount issue and is a more accurate and up to date reflection of total job numbers.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by place of work
|Employment (Census) by industry sector|
|City of Sydney||2016|
|Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||New South Wales %|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||436||0.1||2.2||25000||P|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||2,898||0.6||0.9||28000||P|
|Accommodation and Food Services||35,511||7.1||7.1||32000||P|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||12,923||2.6||4.7||33000||P|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||27,750||5.6||2.2||34000||P|
|Financial and Insurance Services||88,451||17.7||5.0||35000||P|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||12,354||2.5||1.8||36000||P|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||96,935||19.4||8.1||37000||P|
|Administrative and Support Services||21,109||4.2||3.5||38000||P|
|Public Administration and Safety||36,930||7.4||5.9||39000||P|
|Education and Training||29,414||5.9||8.3||40000||P|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||27,089||5.4||12.5||41000||P|
|Arts and Recreation Services||12,571||2.5||1.5||42000||P|
|Industry not classified||20,215||4.1||4.7||44000||P|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in City of Sydney in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (96,935 local workers 19.4%)
- Financial and Insurance Services (88,451 local workers 17.7%)
- Public Administration and Safety (36,930 local workers 7.4%)
In combination these three industries employed 222,316 people in total or 44.6% of local workers.
In comparison, New South Wales employed 8.1% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; 5.0% in Financial and Insurance Services; and 5.9% in Public Administration and Safety.
The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of Sydney and New South Wales were:
- A larger percentage of local workers employed in Financial and Insurance Services (17.7% compared to 5.0%)
- A larger percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (19.4% compared to 8.1%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (5.4% compared to 12.5%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Construction (3.5% compared to 8.4%)