The Hills Shire

Employment by industry (FTE)

In The Hills Shire, Construction is the largest employer, generating 12,123 FTE jobs in 2018/19.

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 Shire2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5750.82.56611.23.0-86
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2490.41.12610.51.3-12
Wholesale Trade3,6715.23.63,2435.74.3+428
Retail Trade11,56116.48.59,74117.18.9+1,820
Accommodation and Food Services2,8524.05.82,8264.96.0+26
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,5212.25.98551.55.8+666
Information Media and Telecommunications7851.12.37231.32.5+61
Financial and Insurance Services2,0963.05.32,0743.65.5+22
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,4292.01.91,2832.22.0+146
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7,58210.710.86,47811.39.1+1,104
Administrative and Support Services1,5402.23.01,3762.43.0+164
Public Administration and Safety1,2561.85.61,2012.15.8+56
Education and Training4,4856.47.43,8566.87.2+629
Health Care and Social Assistance9,60013.611.66,13310.710.7+3,466
Arts and Recreation Services9131.31.56751.21.4+238
Other Services2,8014.03.82,6994.74.2+102
Total industries70,556100.0100.057,105100.0100.0+13,451

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. 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 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Construction (12,123 people or 17.2%)
  • Retail Trade (11,561 people or 16.4%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (9,600 people or 13.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 33,284 people in total or 47.2% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 10.7% in Construction; 8.5% in Retail Trade and 11.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

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 (16.4% compared to 8.5%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Construction (17.2% compared to 10.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Public Administration and Safety (1.8% compared to 5.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Transport, Postal and Warehousing (2.2% compared to 5.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in The Hills Shire increased by increased by 13,451 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in The Hills Shire were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+4,171 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+3,466 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+1,820 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+1,104 full-time equivalent local workers)

The Hills Shire Council

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