City of Sydney

Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of Sydney, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is the largest employer, generating 164,278 local jobs in 2020/21.

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 Sydney2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6560.12.17240.12.3-69
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3,8450.61.04,6270.81.1-782
Wholesale Trade9,6731.43.411,8392.03.5-2,165
Retail Trade33,0074.99.531,0855.29.9+1,922
Accommodation and Food Services44,6806.66.538,6296.57.2+6,051
Transport, Postal and Warehousing24,9123.75.018,3163.15.0+6,595
Information Media and Telecommunications38,2495.62.235,9686.02.4+2,282
Financial and Insurance Services109,85716.25.1105,64817.85.1+4,209
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services18,2742.71.714,9872.51.8+3,287
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services164,27824.210.1122,00720.58.7+42,271
Administrative and Support Services30,5754.53.326,3394.43.6+4,236
Public Administration and Safety58,5758.66.145,2757.65.9+13,300
Education and Training41,4996.18.734,5525.88.7+6,947
Health Care and Social Assistance31,3784.613.232,4325.512.9-1,054
Arts and Recreation Services15,6012.31.715,9862.71.7-385
Other Services14,1792.13.713,8362.33.8+343
Total industries679,749100.0100.0594,531100.0100.0+85,218

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. 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 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (164,278 people or 24.2%)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (109,857 people or 16.2%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (58,575 people or 8.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 332,709 people in total or 48.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 10.1% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; 5.1% 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 (24.2% compared to 10.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (16.2% compared to 5.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (4.6% compared to 13.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (1.5% compared to 6.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the City of Sydney increased by increased by 85,218 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+42,271 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+13,300 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+6,947 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+6,595 local workers)

City of Sydney

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