The Hills Shire

Employment by industry (FTE)

In The Hills Shire, Retail Trade is the largest employer, generating 11,256 FTE jobs in 2020/21.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) employment is modelled by NIEIR and takes into account differences in hours worked between industry sectors. It is a measure that allows direct comparison of employment between industries in The Hills Shire.

Typically, industries such as Retail Trade and Accommodation and Food Services, which employ many part-time workers, have lower FTE employment than total employment.

FTE employment is calculated directly by dividing the total hours worked in each industry by 38. By comparing the number of full-time equivalent jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of The Hills Shire's economy. This can be done by directly comparing the area to its benchmark, or by using a location quotient to look at the relative size of industries.

FTE employment should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (Census), for a full understanding of the industry breakdown in the area. Worker productivity data shows the value of a worker in each industry to the local economy. Employment locations shows where employment is taking place in each industry sector.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note: FTE employment is derived from Census data but has been corrected for the known undercount of employment in the Census. Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in thespecific topic notes section.
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Full-time equivalent employment by industry sector
The Hills Shire2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing7381.12.65741.02.8+163
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services5610.81.22780.51.2+283
Wholesale Trade2,5803.83.32,8584.73.8-278
Retail Trade11,25616.58.59,89416.48.6+1,362
Accommodation and Food Services2,4883.74.92,9214.85.7-433
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,9624.35.49401.65.8+2,022
Information Media and Telecommunications8311.22.27971.32.5+34
Financial and Insurance Services2,2353.35.62,0343.45.3+201
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,3041.91.81,4102.32.0-106
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7,42410.911.47,17411.910.2+250
Administrative and Support Services1,6962.53.01,5952.63.3+102
Public Administration and Safety1,4182.16.31,1992.05.6+219
Education and Training5,2677.78.34,4107.37.7+857
Health Care and Social Assistance9,98714.712.37,45812.311.5+2,529
Arts and Recreation Services7201.11.57201.21.6+0
Other Services2,5033.73.62,7324.53.9-230
Total industries68,147100.0100.060,411100.0100.0+7,736

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers in The Hills Shire in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Retail Trade (11,256 people or 16.5%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (9,987 people or 14.7%)
  • Construction (9,415 people or 13.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 30,658 people in total or 45.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 8.5% in Retail Trade; 12.3% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 9.8% in Construction.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of The Hills Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Retail Trade (16.5% compared to 8.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (2.1% compared to 6.3%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Construction (13.8% compared to 9.8%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (14.7% compared to 12.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in The Hills Shire increased by increased by 7,736 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2015/16 and 2020/21 in The Hills Shire were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,529 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+2,022 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+1,362 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Construction (+1,082 full-time equivalent local workers)

The Hills Shire Council

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