City of Sydney

Local workers - Key statistics - All industries

In the City of Sydney 53.2% of the local workers (All industries) are males and 46.8% are female.

The local workers is made up of all the people who are employed in the local area, regardless of where they live. Local workers statistics reveal how the characteristics of the local workers in the City of Sydney vary between each industry sector and indicates specific industry sector local workers requirements and employment opportunities.

Access the detailed tables for further exploration of each characteristic.

NOTE: All tables in the workers section are based on Census employment data which differ from the NIEIR employment estimates. See data notes for more details.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the City of Sydney in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Local workers key statistics - All industries
City of Sydney20162011change
Namenumber%. New South Walesnumber%. New South Wales2011 to 2016
Local workers
Total local workers (Census)498,422100.0100.0426,702100.0100.0+71,720
Age structure
15 - 24 years54,53410.914.050,25611.814.5+4,278
25 - 54 years384,21777.166.6326,08076.467.7+58,137
55 - 64 years47,2179.515.041,5679.714.4+5,650
65 years and over12,4482.54.38,7942.13.5+3,654
Top three industries
Professional, scientific and technical services96,93519.48.176,71418.07.9+20,221
Financial and insurance services88,45117.75.081,11119.05.1+7,340
Public administration and safety36,9307.45.932,7887.75.9+4,142
Top three occupations
Clerical and administrative workers84,26716.913.884,24619.715.0+21
Hours worked
Full time374,48375.163.1322,06675.562.9+52,417
Part time115,64823.234.997,06822.733.1+18,580
Bachelor or higher degree285,60457.332.6218,34451.227.9+67,260
Advanced diploma or diploma54,02710.811.150,09811.710.5+3,929
Certificate level47,9819.622.245,99010.822.2+1,991
No qualifications98,42019.731.197,30522.834.9+1,115
Individual Income
Less than $50044,0238.817.2--00--
$500 -$1,749254,77251.160.8--00--
$1,750 or more193,29338.820.5--00--
Method of Travel to Work
Public Transport294,02359.016.0233,65054.813.8+60,373
Walked only32,2926.53.928,6476.74.1+3,645
Other Characteristics
Born overseas240,55848.332.8191,40544.930.1+49,153
Speaks a language other than English at home185,53037.226.4141,44833.122.8+44,082
Arrived between 2011 and 9th August 201660,67112.26.0--00--

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