City of Whittlesea

Employment by industry (Census)

Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer in the City of Whittlesea, making up 15.2% 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 Whittlesea 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 Whittlesea.

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 Whittlesea 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 Whittlesea20162011Change
IndustryNumber%. VictoriaNumber%. Victoria2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing7191.42.24541.02.2+265
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services5020.91.16761.51.1-174
Wholesale Trade2,3054.33.22,4335.44.5-128
Retail Trade7,12113.410.26,33414.010.8+787
Accommodation and Food Services3,0505.76.62,2565.06.1+794
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2,5054.74.71,9374.34.7+568
Information Media and Telecommunications3620.71.92840.62.0+78
Financial and Insurance Services7451.43.95861.34.1+159
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5771.11.64571.01.4+120
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,6033.07.91,1372.57.8+466
Administrative and Support Services1,3912.63.41,2012.73.3+190
Public Administration and Safety1,8943.65.31,5123.35.3+382
Education and Training5,2739.98.74,0669.08.0+1,207
Health Care and Social Assistance8,08115.212.55,69312.611.6+2,388
Arts and Recreation Services5331.01.94951.11.7+38
Other Services1,9063.63.61,5423.43.6+364
Industry not classified3,2546.14.71,1572.62.4+2,097
Total persons53,152100.0100.045,147100.0100.0+8,005

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 Whittlesea in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (8,081 people or 15.2%)
  • Retail Trade (7,121 people or 13.4%)
  • Manufacturing (6,376 people or 12.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 21,578 people in total or 40.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, Victoria employed 12.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.2% in Retail Trade and 7.8% in Manufacturing.

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 (3.0% compared to 7.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Manufacturing (12.0% compared to 7.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Retail Trade (13.4% compared to 10.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (15.2% compared to 12.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,388 local workers)
  • Industry not classified (+2,097 local workers)
  • Manufacturing (-1,721 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+1,207 local workers)

City of Whittlesea

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