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Local workers - Key statistics

In the City of Sydney 53.2% of the local workers are males and 46.8% of the local workers are female.

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

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 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. The City of Sydney currently subscribe to the “LITE” version of, which does not feature this extended dataset. In order to directly compare worker numbers between 2011 and 2016, it is recommended that the City of Sydney subscribe to the FULL version of

Local workers key statistics - All industry sectors
City of Sydney2016
NameNumber%New South Wales %
Local workers------
Total local workers (Census)498,422100.0100.0
Age structure------
15 - 24 years54,53410.914.0
25 - 54 years384,21777.166.6
55 - 64 years47,2179.515.0
65 years and over12,4482.54.3
Top three industries------
Professional, scientific and technical services96,93519.48.1
Financial and insurance services88,45117.75.0
Public administration and safety36,9307.45.9
Top three occupations------
Clerical and administrative workers84,26716.913.8
Hours worked------
Full time374,48375.163.1
Part time115,64823.234.9
Bachelor or higher degree285,60457.332.6
Advanced diploma or diploma54,02710.811.1
Certificate level47,9819.622.2
No qualifications98,42019.731.1
Individual Income------
Less than $50044,0238.817.2
$500 -$1,749254,77251.160.8
$1,750 or more193,29338.820.5
Method of Travel to Work------
Public Transport294,02359.016.0
Walked only32,2926.53.9
Other Characteristics------
Born overseas240,55848.332.8
Speaks a language other than English at home185,53037.226.4
Arrived between 2011 and 9th August 201660,67112.26.0

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.