Wollongong City

Worker productivity

In Wollongong City, Mining had the highest productivity by industry, generating $488,815 per worker in 2020/21.

Worker productivity by industry is calculated by dividing the industry value add by the number of persons employed in that industry. It shows which industries generate the most value add per employee. Some industry sectors, such as retail trade, are not highly productive per worker, but they employ a lot of people. Other industries, such as mining, employ fewer people but generate high levels of productivity. Each plays an important role in the economy.

Worker productivity data should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total)and Employment by industry (FTE), to see the relative size of employment in each industry, and with Local workers income to see how many local workers are actually each in each industry, and with Sources of income data to see whether employment is the main way income is derived.

Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section. National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Productivity per worker (annual) by industry
Wollongong City - Constant prices2020/212015/16Change
Industry$New South Wales$$New South Wales$ 2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing79,198126,01084,862128,939-5,664
Mining488,815313,756528,431388,707-39,616
Manufacturing90,508126,33888,812132,226+1,696
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services286,816289,385243,617307,268+43,199
Construction120,748123,340126,744130,406-5,996
Wholesale Trade183,349203,110159,412191,430+23,937
Retail Trade64,00473,07057,38067,318+6,624
Accommodation and Food Services40,79851,54144,01654,231-3,218
Transport, Postal and Warehousing142,206133,802164,312163,183-22,106
Information Media and Telecommunications158,028215,369151,893184,690+6,136
Financial and Insurance Services204,730321,100215,003335,400-10,272
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services303,829350,307262,170312,010+41,659
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services133,073135,764127,577131,614+5,496
Administrative and Support Services127,127168,805136,125169,683-8,998
Public Administration and Safety96,720118,64093,767117,169+2,953
Education and Training85,30586,45095,00188,069-9,696
Health Care and Social Assistance78,49182,48667,88070,510+10,611
Arts and Recreation Services53,71566,20456,36071,413-2,645
Other Services62,72866,35264,17771,551-1,448
Total worker productivity106,574127,679106,998128,161-424

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions). Data are based on a 2018-19 price base for all years. NIEIR-ID data are inflation adjusted each year to allow direct comparison, and annual data releases adjust previous years’ figures to a new base year.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 highest industries were:

  • Mining ($488,815)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services ($303,829)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($286,816)

In comparison, the same 3 industries in New South Wales were for $313,756 in Mining; $350,307 in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services and $289,385 in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.

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

  • A lower worker productivity in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing ($79,198 compared to $126,010)
  • A lower worker productivity in Information Media and Telecommunications ($158,028 compared to $215,369)
  • A lower worker productivity in Financial and Insurance Services ($204,730 compared to $321,100)
  • A higher worker productivity in Mining ($488,815 compared to $313,756)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in Wollongong City decreased by -424 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2015/16 and 2020/21 in Wollongong City were for those employed in:

  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$43,199)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$41,659)
  • Mining (-$39,616)
  • Wholesale Trade (+$23,937)

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