City of Sydney

Resident workers - Occupations of employment

There are more resident workers (All industries) Professionals in the City of Sydney than any other occupation.

Occupations are a key component in evaluating the knowledge, experience and skill-levels that industry can draw upon locally. It should be viewed with other indicators, such as Age structure, Qualifications, and Income for a comprehensive analysis of the City of Sydney's local resident workers.

When comparing the occupations of local resident workers with local workers, Occupation data indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or relies on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Data source

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

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Resident workers occupations
City of Sydney 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Managers19,92717.013.516,01016.513.3+3,917
Professionals44,22737.723.637,59638.822.7+6,631
Technicians and Trades Workers9,3037.912.77,4097.713.2+1,894
Community and Personal Service Workers11,98010.210.48,9429.29.5+3,038
Clerical and Administrative Workers13,02811.113.812,66313.115.1+365
Sales Workers8,8947.69.27,2027.49.3+1,692
Machinery Operators And Drivers1,7421.56.11,4061.56.4+336
Labourers5,9975.18.83,7803.98.7+2,217
Inadequately described or not stated2,1541.81.81,7871.81.8+367
Total Persons117,252100.0100.096,795100.0100.0+20,457

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

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident workers in the City of Sydney in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (44,227 people or 37.7%)
  • Managers (19,927 people or 17.0%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (13,028 people or 11.1%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 77,182 people in total or 65.8% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, New South Wales employed 23.6% in Professionals; 13.5% in Managers and 13.8% in Clerical and Administrative Workers.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Professionals (37.7% compared to 23.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (7.9% compared to 12.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (1.5% compared to 6.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Labourers (5.1% compared to 8.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the City of Sydney increased by 20,457 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the occupations of the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in the City of Sydney were those employed as:

  • Professionals (+6,631 persons)
  • Managers (+3,917 persons)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+3,038 persons)
  • Labourers (+2,217 persons)

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