City of Whittlesea

Employment by industry (FTE)

In the City of Whittlesea, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 8,877 FTE jobs in 2020/21.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) employment is modelled by NIEIR and takes into account differences in hours worked between industry sectors. It is a measure that allows direct comparison of employment between industries in the City of Whittlesea.

Typically, industries such as Retail Trade and Accommodation and Food Services, which employ many part-time workers, have lower FTE employment than total employment.

FTE employment is calculated directly by dividing the total hours worked in each industry by 38. By comparing the number of full-time equivalent 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.

FTE employment should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (Census), for a full understanding of the industry breakdown in the area. Worker productivity data shows the value of a worker in each industry to the local economy. Employment locations shows where employment is taking place in each industry sector.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note: FTE employment is derived from Census data but has been corrected for the known undercount of employment in the Census. Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in thespecific topic notes section.
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Full-time equivalent employment by industry sector
City of Whittlesea2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. VictoriaNumber%. Victoria2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing7471.32.79511.93.6-203
Mining710.10.41130.20.4-42
Manufacturing6,27111.18.87,65815.410.0-1,387
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services8261.51.46141.21.4+212
Construction7,75113.710.37,53815.19.7+213
Wholesale Trade3,6546.43.72,6425.33.9+1,012
Retail Trade7,64513.58.65,79211.69.3+1,853
Accommodation and Food Services2,0173.64.32,2384.55.4-220
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,6916.55.62,7365.55.8+954
Information Media and Telecommunications3640.62.03050.62.3+59
Financial and Insurance Services8081.44.66401.34.2+168
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4890.91.65531.11.7-64
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,8763.310.71,5513.19.3+325
Administrative and Support Services1,2662.22.81,3832.83.3-117
Public Administration and Safety2,0683.66.01,6443.35.1+424
Education and Training5,5999.98.94,5349.18.0+1,065
Health Care and Social Assistance8,87715.612.56,64013.311.1+2,237
Arts and Recreation Services6221.11.84570.91.8+165
Other Services2,1043.73.31,8313.73.6+273
Total industries56,747100.0100.049,821100.0100.0+6,926

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id 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 full-time equivalent local workers in the City of Whittlesea in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (8,877 people or 15.6%)
  • Construction (7,751 people or 13.7%)
  • Retail Trade (7,645 people or 13.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 24,274 people in total or 42.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, Victoria employed 12.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.3% in Construction and 8.6% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.3% compared to 10.7%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Retail Trade (13.5% compared to 8.6%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Construction (13.7% compared to 10.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Financial and Insurance Services (1.4% compared to 4.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in the City of Whittlesea increased by increased by 6,926 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2015/16 and 2020/21 in the City of Whittlesea were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,237 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+1,853 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,065 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Wholesale Trade (+1,012 full-time equivalent local workers)

City of Whittlesea

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