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 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).
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 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. The City of Sydney currently subscribe to the “LITE” version of economy.id, which does not feature this extended dataset. In order to directly compare worker numbers between 2011 and 2016, it is recommended that the City of Sydney subscribe to the FULL version of economy.id.
|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.
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%)