City of Sydney

Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of Sydney, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is the largest employer, generating 167,919 local jobs in 2021/22.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the City of Sydney. 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 City of Sydney 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 City of Sydney'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
City of Sydney2021/222016/17Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016/17 - 2021/22
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6810.12.17930.12.2-112
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services5,1070.81.14,3850.71.0+722
Wholesale Trade9,4341.53.011,2281.93.4-1,794
Retail Trade34,6265.39.331,1145.29.6+3,512
Accommodation and Food Services25,7274.06.036,3106.06.9-10,583
Transport, Postal and Warehousing17,1142.65.118,6513.15.2-1,537
Information Media and Telecommunications30,8154.82.237,0806.22.4-6,265
Financial and Insurance Services135,85821.05.5101,19616.84.8+34,663
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services16,6572.61.814,8272.51.7+1,829
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services167,91925.910.1138,65023.09.4+29,269
Administrative and Support Services24,4843.83.325,9644.33.5-1,480
Public Administration and Safety45,4117.06.143,4267.25.7+1,985
Education and Training32,7155.08.635,0235.88.5-2,308
Health Care and Social Assistance34,6775.414.233,8325.613.1+845
Arts and Recreation Services16,3912.51.616,3942.71.7-3
Other Services13,6022.13.813,0762.23.7+526
Total industries647,866100.0100.0602,163100.0100.0+45,703

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). 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 City of Sydney in 2021/22 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (167,919 people or 25.9%)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (135,858 people or 21.0%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (45,411 people or 7.0%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 349,188 people in total or 53.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 10.1% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; 5.5% in Financial and Insurance Services and 6.1% 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 the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (25.9% compared to 10.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (21.0% compared to 5.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (5.4% compared to 14.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (3.6% compared to 8.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the City of Sydney increased by 45,703 between 2016/17 and 2021/22.

  • Financial and Insurance Services (+34,663 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+29,269 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+3,512 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+1,985 local workers)

City of Sydney

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