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Employment by industry (Census)

Retail Trade is the largest employer in Waverley Council area, making up 16.4% of total employment.

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

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, Waverley Council area 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
Waverley Council area20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing240.12.2180.12.2+6
Mining220.10.9180.11.0+4
Manufacturing3511.45.94072.08.5-56
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services700.30.9580.31.1+12
Construction1,6516.88.49614.67.3+690
Wholesale Trade3981.63.15262.54.5-128
Retail Trade3,98416.49.73,71717.910.4+267
Accommodation and Food Services2,74211.37.12,20810.66.7+534
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4131.74.73801.85.0+33
Information Media and Telecommunications4331.82.24402.12.3-7
Financial and Insurance Services7243.05.07063.45.1+18
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5682.31.84762.31.6+92
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,4049.98.12,10310.17.9+301
Administrative and Support Services1,1224.63.51,0274.93.3+95
Public Administration and Safety1,0564.35.98484.15.9+208
Education and Training2,2179.18.32,0439.87.9+174
Health Care and Social Assistance3,14912.912.52,58412.511.6+565
Arts and Recreation Services6672.71.57283.51.5-61
Other Services1,2115.03.79464.63.8+265
Industry not classified1,1494.74.75812.82.5+568
Total persons24,355100.0100.020,753100.0100.0+3,602

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 Waverley Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Retail Trade (3,984 people or 16.4%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (3,149 people or 12.9%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (2,742 people or 11.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 9,875 people in total or 40.5% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 9.7% in Retail Trade; 12.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 7.1% in Accommodation and Food Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Waverley Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (16.4% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (1.4% compared to 5.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Accommodation and Food Services (11.3% compared to 7.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Transport, Postal and Warehousing (1.7% compared to 4.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2011 and 2016 in Waverley Council area were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+690 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+568 local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+565 local workers)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+534 local workers)

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