City of Wanneroo

Employment by industry (Census)

Construction is the largest employer in the City of Wanneroo, making up 15.8% of total employment.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the City of Wanneroo 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 City of Wanneroo.

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 City of Wanneroo 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
City of Wanneroo20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing8561.92.57322.12.4+124
Mining5121.26.64511.36.4+61
Manufacturing4,0789.35.64,83814.08.2-760
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3370.81.21840.51.1+153
Construction6,93715.89.95,40915.710.4+1,528
Wholesale Trade1,4333.32.51,6514.83.5-218
Retail Trade5,53912.69.54,49213.010.0+1,047
Accommodation and Food Services3,0466.96.41,9375.65.9+1,109
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,4093.24.61,1453.34.6+264
Information Media and Telecommunications1930.41.01640.51.1+29
Financial and Insurance Services5431.22.33551.02.5+188
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services6661.51.75831.71.7+83
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,5983.66.41,2433.67.2+355
Administrative and Support Services1,2262.83.38332.43.1+393
Public Administration and Safety1,4023.26.21,2373.66.2+165
Education and Training5,14511.78.73,79611.08.0+1,349
Health Care and Social Assistance3,6498.311.72,5937.510.3+1,056
Arts and Recreation Services5621.31.63070.91.3+255
Other Services2,2365.13.91,7545.13.9+482
Industry not classified2,6356.04.67872.32.2+1,848
Total persons44,002100.0100.034,473100.0100.0+9,529

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions).

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the City of Wanneroo in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Construction (6,937 people or 15.8%)
  • Retail Trade (5,539 people or 12.6%)
  • Education and Training (5,145 people or 11.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 17,621 people in total or 40.0% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 9.9% in Construction; 9.5% in Retail Trade and 8.7% in Education and Training.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of Wanneroo and Western Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Construction (15.8% compared to 9.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (1.2% compared to 6.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (9.3% compared to 5.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (8.3% compared to 11.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in the City of Wanneroo were for those employed in:

  • Industry not classified (+1,848 local workers)
  • Construction (+1,528 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,349 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+1,109 local workers)

City of Wanneroo

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