The Hills Shire

Employment by industry (Census)

Retail Trade is the largest employer in The Hills Shire, making up 18.6% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in The Hills Shire regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local economic strengths and weaknesses. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing. Go to the Employment locations page to see where employment is taking place across The Hills Shire.

Note: Census employment figures are known to undercount employment by varying amounts depending on the Census year. All Census counts are an undercount of total population, and in addition, some people don’t state their workforce status or industry. Also counts by place of work exclude those with no fixed workplace address. For this reason, it is recommended that for total job numbers, users look at the Employment by industry (Total) modelled estimates which are updated on an annual basis, and based on the ABS Labour Force survey, less prone to undercount. The Census counts by industry are included here for a greater level of industry detail (3-digit ANZSIC).

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 Hills Shire 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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Employment (Census) by industry sector
The Hills Shire20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. Greater SydneyNumber%. Greater Sydney2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5400.80.45481.00.4-8
Mining1890.30.2610.10.2+128
Manufacturing3,5365.55.94,6938.38.7-1,157
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2510.40.82300.40.9+21
Construction6,70610.56.94,5928.15.6+2,114
Wholesale Trade2,5504.03.73,6256.45.4-1,075
Retail Trade11,84618.69.511,27819.910.1+568
Accommodation and Food Services3,9836.26.83,4226.16.3+561
Transport, Postal and Warehousing8421.35.07571.35.3+85
Information Media and Telecommunications8791.42.86841.23.1+195
Financial and Insurance Services2,2603.56.62,3754.26.8-115
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,4032.22.01,0391.81.8+364
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6,35510.010.16,37611.39.8-21
Administrative and Support Services1,5702.53.31,3572.43.2+213
Public Administration and Safety1,3642.15.71,2532.25.8+111
Education and Training4,8137.58.24,0327.17.8+781
Health Care and Social Assistance8,15712.811.75,71410.111.1+2,443
Arts and Recreation Services8511.31.77521.31.6+99
Other Services2,6844.23.52,2794.03.6+405
Industry not classified3,0804.85.11,4702.62.6+1,610
Total persons63,859100.0100.056,535100.0100.0+7,324

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

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in The Hills Shire in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Retail Trade (11,846 people or 18.6%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (8,157 people or 12.8%)
  • Construction (6,706 people or 10.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 26,709 people in total or 41.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, Greater Sydney employed 9.5% in Retail Trade; 11.7% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 6.9% in Construction.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of The Hills Shire and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (18.6% compared to 9.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Transport, Postal and Warehousing (1.3% compared to 5.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (10.5% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (2.1% compared to 5.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in The Hills Shire were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,443 local workers)
  • Construction (+2,114 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+1,610 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-1,157 local workers)

The Hills Shire Council

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