City of Sydney

Resident workers - Hours worked

53.3% of the resident workers (All industries) in the City of Sydney work 40 or more hours, compared to 44.1% in New South Wales.

Hours worked shows the distribution of employment hours for City of Sydney's residents. Full-time employment is considered 35-hours and over.

The hours worked by employed people in City of Sydney depends on a number of factors:

  • The availability and take-up of part-time work;
  • The industry sector in which they work;
  • The occupation level and requirement or opportunity to work overtime, and;
  • The age structure and household structure of the working population.

Hours worked statistics should be viewed in conjunction with Age structure Occupations, and Income to provide more insight into the observations made.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers hours worked
City of Sydney - All industries 20162011Change
Hours workedNumber%. New South Wales%Number%. New South Wales%2011 - 2016
1 hour - 15 hours8,7817.510.86,9017.110.4+1,880
16 hours - 24 hours14,05412.010.48,8309.19.7+5,224
25 hours - 34 hours7,8696.710.56,7006.99.8+1,169
35 hours - 39 hours18,97716.219.115,27115.818.2+3,706
40 hours26,48022.620.021,23621.919.4+5,244
41 hours - 48 hours13,24411.39.112,43612.810.0+808
49 hours or more22,74719.414.921,02121.716.4+1,726
Not stated1,9721.72.01,3391.42.3+633
Total Persons117,257100.0100.096,796100.0100.0+20,461

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the hours worked by the City of Sydney's resident workers in 2016 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a lower proportion of people who worked part-time (34 hours or less) and a higher proportion of people worked full-time (35 hours or more).

Overall, 28.9% of the resident workers in All industries worked part-time (34 hours or less), and 69.5% worked full-time (35 hours or more), compared with 34.9% and 63.1% respectively for New South Wales.

The major differences between the hours worked by the resident workers (All industries) of the City of Sydney and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers worked 1 hour - 15 hours (7.5% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers worked 25 hours - 34 hours (6.7% compared to 10.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers worked 35 hours - 39 hours (16.2% compared to 19.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers worked 49 hours or more (19.4% compared to 14.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of the resident workers (All industries) working full-time (35 hours or more) in the City of Sydney increased by 11484 people (16.4%).

The largest changes in hours worked by the resident workers (All industries) in the City of Sydney between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • 40 hours (+5,244 persons)
  • 16 hours - 24 hours (+5,224 persons)
  • 35 hours - 39 hours (+3,706 persons)
  • 1 hour - 15 hours (+1,880 persons)

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