Willoughby City

Employment by industry (Total)

In Willoughby City, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 13,543 local jobs in 2020/21.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Willoughby City. 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 Willoughby City 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 Willoughby City'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
Willoughby City2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing420.12.1760.12.3-34
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services4780.61.05050.71.1-27
Wholesale Trade2,7493.53.43,5955.03.5-846
Retail Trade8,66311.09.57,55510.69.9+1,108
Accommodation and Food Services2,9873.86.53,2994.67.2-312
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,7292.25.01,7932.55.0-64
Information Media and Telecommunications6,6328.42.26,5029.12.4+129
Financial and Insurance Services3,9075.05.13,1944.55.1+713
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,7632.21.71,6362.31.8+127
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services12,87316.410.19,02712.78.7+3,845
Administrative and Support Services2,3162.93.32,2093.13.6+107
Public Administration and Safety3,5644.56.12,6753.85.9+889
Education and Training3,9225.08.73,7595.38.7+163
Health Care and Social Assistance13,54317.213.212,80918.012.9+735
Arts and Recreation Services8111.01.77051.01.7+106
Other Services3,0393.93.72,8944.13.8+145
Total industries78,629100.0100.071,242100.0100.0+7,387

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 local workers in Willoughby City in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (13,543 people or 17.2%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (12,873 people or 16.4%)
  • Retail Trade (8,663 people or 11.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 35,079 people in total or 44.6% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 13.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.1% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services and 9.5% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Willoughby City and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (16.4% compared to 10.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Information Media and Telecommunications (8.4% compared to 2.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (17.2% compared to 13.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Education and Training (5.0% compared to 8.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Willoughby City increased by increased by 7,387 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+3,845 local workers)
  • Retail Trade (+1,108 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+889 local workers)
  • Construction (+815 local workers)

Willoughby City Council

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