City of Whittlesea

Employment by industry (Total)

In the City of Whittlesea, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 12,126 local jobs in 2020/21.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the City of Whittlesea. 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 City of Whittlesea 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 City of Whittlesea'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
City of Whittlesea2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. VictoriaNumber%. Victoria2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing8801.22.29381.52.6-59
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services9061.21.26611.11.2+246
Wholesale Trade4,3646.03.62,8814.63.6+1,483
Retail Trade11,08215.29.88,41313.510.6+2,669
Accommodation and Food Services3,4184.75.83,6505.96.7-232
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,3175.95.12,9224.75.0+1,395
Information Media and Telecommunications4770.71.93830.62.1+94
Financial and Insurance Services9511.34.27891.34.0+162
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5990.81.56671.11.6-68
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2,2423.19.51,7682.88.3+473
Administrative and Support Services1,9322.73.21,9053.13.6+27
Public Administration and Safety2,5103.45.72,1213.45.3+389
Education and Training6,8059.38.86,20110.08.9+604
Health Care and Social Assistance12,12616.613.79,37615.112.7+2,750
Arts and Recreation Services9431.32.06851.12.0+258
Other Services2,6243.63.42,2903.73.7+334
Total industries72,856100.0100.062,246100.0100.0+10,610

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in 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 City of Whittlesea in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (12,126 people or 16.6%)
  • Retail Trade (11,082 people or 15.2%)
  • Construction (8,773 people or 12.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 31,980 people in total or 43.9% of the local workers.

In comparison, Victoria employed 13.7% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.8% in Retail Trade and 9.3% in Construction.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the City of Whittlesea and Victoria were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.1% compared to 9.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (15.2% compared to 9.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (16.6% compared to 13.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (1.3% compared to 4.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the City of Whittlesea increased by increased by 10,610 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,750 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+2,669 local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (+1,483 local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+1,395 local workers)

City of Whittlesea

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