City of Wanneroo

Employment by industry (Census)

Construction is the largest employer in the City of Wanneroo, making up 15.4% 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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current benchmark:
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Employment (Census) by industry sector
City of Wanneroo20212016Change
IndustryNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2016 - 2021
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing9391.82.38561.92.5+83
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4620.91.23370.81.2+125
Wholesale Trade1,5843.02.41,4333.32.5+151
Retail Trade6,28312.08.75,53912.69.5+744
Accommodation and Food Services3,8937.56.53,0466.96.4+847
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,6703.24.51,4093.24.6+261
Information Media and Telecommunications2340.40.81930.41.0+41
Financial and Insurance Services5801.12.15431.22.3+37
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5071.01.46661.51.7-159
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,9723.86.91,5983.66.4+374
Administrative and Support Services1,3992.73.11,2262.83.3+173
Public Administration and Safety1,6433.15.91,4023.26.2+241
Education and Training6,31212.18.75,14511.78.7+1,167
Health Care and Social Assistance5,0229.613.63,6498.311.7+1,373
Arts and Recreation Services6751.31.65621.31.6+113
Other Services2,7485.33.92,2365.13.9+512
Industry not classified3,1025.94.62,6356.04.6+467
Total persons52,245100.0100.044,002100.0100.0+8,243

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. 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 2021 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Construction (8,040 people or 15.4%)
  • Education and Training (6,312 people or 12.1%)
  • Retail Trade (6,283 people or 12.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 20,635 people in total or 39.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, Western Australia employed 8.8% in Construction; 8.7% in Education and Training and 8.7% in Retail Trade.

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 (15.4% compared to 8.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (1.9% compared to 7.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (9.6% compared to 13.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (12.1% compared to 8.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2016 and 2021 in the City of Wanneroo were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,373 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,167 local workers)
  • Construction (+1,103 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+847 local workers)

City of Wanneroo

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