City of Sydney

Tourism and hospitality workforce

In 2016, there were 40,107 people who make up the tourism and hospitality workforce in the City of Sydney, of this 53.3% worked full-time and 46.7% worked part-time or were away from work.

Tourism and hospitality are key industries in many parts of Australia, but it has not been well represented in economic profiles in the past due to the difficulty in defining it.

The tourism and hospitality industries are defined by the ABS not as regular industries but as a set of occupation categories working across a number of industries.

This page presents some key statistics for tourism and hospitality workers in the City of Sydney with comparisons to benchmark areas. Tourism and hospitality data should be viewed in conjunction with the Industry sector analysis page for the accomodation sector, which has modelled estimates of the size of the industry on an annual basis. The Employment locations page will show where accommodation activity is taking place and the Local workers section will reveal the characteristics of accommodation workers.

Please note: Due to a change in the occupation classification, Tourism and Hospitality occupation data are currently only available from the 2016 Census.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by place of work

Current benchmark:
  • Key Statistics
  • Occupations
Value of tourism and hospitality
City of Sydney2016
MeasureCity of Sydney% of total industryNew South Wales%City of Sydney as % of New South Wales
Tourism workforce
Total workers 40,107100.0100.08.0
Age structure
15 to 24 years9,58323.929.217.6
25 to 44 years22,60356.440.77.6
45 to 54 Years4,54411.315.85.2
55 to 64 Years2,7476.811.35.8
65 years and over6301.63.05.1
Hours worked
Worked full-time21,38753.343.45.7
Worked part-time17,13642.751.716.9
Away from work1,6064.04.97.1
Bachelor or higher degree12,31530.717.34.3
Advanced diploma or diploma6,49716.211.912.0
Certificate level5,55913.919.411.6
No qualifications14,63636.548.514.9
Born overseas26,45166.041.211.0
Birthplace not stated3380.81.38.7
Speaks a language other than English23,44058.436.312.6
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander2550.61.97.2
Individual income
Less than $50010,75126.837.224.4
$500 -$1,74926,70666.656.910.5
$1,750 or more2,2255.54.51.2

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

Please refer to specific data notes for more information

City of Sydney

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