City of Sydney

Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of Sydney, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is the largest employer, generating 154,458 local jobs in 2019/20.

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 Sydney2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6850.12.16450.12.3+40
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4,4450.71.14,4250.81.1+21
Wholesale Trade13,8782.13.511,8982.13.7+1,980
Retail Trade35,3295.39.729,4255.210.0+5,904
Accommodation and Food Services45,0536.86.936,5076.57.2+8,546
Transport, Postal and Warehousing24,5413.75.218,7293.35.1+5,812
Information Media and Telecommunications35,2445.32.234,6956.12.4+549
Financial and Insurance Services113,47617.15.2101,76518.05.1+11,711
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services14,8632.21.713,8312.41.8+1,032
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services154,45823.29.7111,35819.78.4+43,100
Administrative and Support Services26,8834.03.325,1754.53.5+1,708
Public Administration and Safety49,9877.56.043,5427.75.9+6,446
Education and Training38,7465.87.932,1535.78.6+6,593
Health Care and Social Assistance37,2175.613.029,8215.312.4+7,396
Arts and Recreation Services14,9262.21.615,0972.71.6-171
Other Services13,5692.03.613,7802.43.9-211
Total industries664,850100.0100.0565,725100.0100.0+99,126

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 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (154,458 people or 23.2%)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (113,476 people or 17.1%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (49,987 people or 7.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 317,921 people in total or 47.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 9.7% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; 5.2% in Financial and Insurance Services and 6.0% 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 (23.2% compared to 9.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (17.1% compared to 5.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (5.6% compared to 13.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (4.3% compared to 9.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the City of Sydney increased by increased by 99,126 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+43,100 local workers)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+11,711 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+8,546 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+7,396 local workers)

City of Sydney

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