Wollongong City

Employment by industry (FTE)

In Wollongong City, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 11,468 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 Wollongong City.

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 Wollongong 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.

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
Wollongong City2020/212015/16Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3900.52.61950.32.8+195
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services8111.11.28541.21.2-43
Wholesale Trade1,2551.73.31,8982.63.8-643
Retail Trade5,9578.18.55,9728.38.6-15
Accommodation and Food Services3,5824.94.94,2315.95.7-650
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,7246.45.44,1445.75.8+580
Information Media and Telecommunications6800.92.27571.02.5-76
Financial and Insurance Services2,7423.75.62,5003.55.3+242
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,0781.51.81,2081.72.0-131
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,6436.311.44,3686.010.2+275
Administrative and Support Services1,8242.53.02,3103.23.3-486
Public Administration and Safety4,9626.86.34,1555.85.6+807
Education and Training9,13212.48.38,14711.37.7+985
Health Care and Social Assistance11,46815.612.310,91315.111.5+555
Arts and Recreation Services1,0641.41.51,2151.71.6-150
Other Services3,4864.73.63,3774.73.9+109
Total industries73,479100.0100.072,248100.0100.0+1,231

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 Wollongong City in 2020/21 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (11,468 people or 15.6%)
  • Education and Training (9,132 people or 12.4%)
  • Construction (7,574 people or 10.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 28,174 people in total or 38.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 12.3% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 8.3% in Education and Training and 9.8% in Construction.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of Wollongong City and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (6.3% compared to 11.4%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Education and Training (12.4% compared to 8.3%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (15.6% compared to 12.3%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Manufacturing (9.2% compared to 7.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in Wollongong City increased by increased by 1,231 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 Wollongong City were for those employed in:

  • Education and Training (+985 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+807 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+580 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+555 full-time equivalent local workers)

Wollongong City Council

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