The Hills Shire

Employment by industry (Total)

In The Hills Shire, Retail Trade is the largest employer, generating 20,356 local jobs in 2019/20.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in The Hills Shire. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in The Hills Shire regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of 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.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
The Hills Shire2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing9671.12.16600.92.3+307
Mining3780.40.91690.21.0+209
Manufacturing5,4216.46.74,7796.87.2+642
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3270.41.12750.41.1+52
Construction11,43813.49.68,73012.48.7+2,708
Wholesale Trade3,2893.93.53,2424.63.7+47
Retail Trade20,35623.99.712,93218.410.0+7,424
Accommodation and Food Services4,2024.96.94,2936.17.2-91
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,0331.25.29341.35.1+99
Information Media and Telecommunications9051.12.28861.32.4+19
Financial and Insurance Services2,5473.05.22,3953.45.1+152
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,6672.01.71,4782.11.8+190
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7,9119.39.77,20010.38.4+711
Administrative and Support Services1,7722.13.31,9632.83.5-191
Public Administration and Safety1,5671.86.01,4502.15.9+117
Education and Training5,3976.37.96,1088.78.6-711
Health Care and Social Assistance11,55613.613.08,48412.112.4+3,071
Arts and Recreation Services1,0001.21.61,0271.51.6-26
Other Services3,3303.93.63,1244.53.9+206
Total industries85,064100.0100.070,128100.0100.0+14,936

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id 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 local workers in The Hills Shire in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Retail Trade (20,356 people or 23.9%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (11,556 people or 13.6%)
  • Construction (11,438 people or 13.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 43,350 people in total or 51.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 9.7% in Retail Trade; 13.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 9.6% in Construction.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (23.9% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (1.8% compared to 6.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Transport, Postal and Warehousing (1.2% compared to 5.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (13.4% compared to 9.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in The Hills Shire increased by increased by 14,936 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

  • Retail Trade (+7,424 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+3,071 local workers)
  • Construction (+2,708 local workers)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+711 local workers)

The Hills Shire Council

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