In the Greater Sydney, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is the largest employer, generating 311,986 local jobs in 2018/19.
Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the Greater Sydney. 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 the Greater Sydney 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 the Greater Sydney'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.
National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series
|Employment (total) by industry|
|Industry||Number||%||New South Wales||Number||%||New South Wales||2013/14 - 2018/19|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||10,097||0.4||2.1||9,293||0.4||2.3||+803|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||23,058||0.8||1.0||22,185||0.9||1.1||+873|
|Accommodation and Food Services||177,770||6.5||7.0||149,703||6.4||7.1||+28,068|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||152,905||5.6||5.0||132,766||5.7||5.1||+20,139|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||80,765||3.0||2.3||74,620||3.2||2.4||+6,145|
|Financial and Insurance Services||183,931||6.7||5.1||158,980||6.8||5.1||+24,951|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||47,910||1.8||1.6||45,547||1.9||1.8||+2,363|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||311,986||11.4||9.1||243,289||10.4||8.3||+68,697|
|Administrative and Support Services||93,891||3.4||3.3||84,928||3.6||3.5||+8,963|
|Public Administration and Safety||158,481||5.8||6.0||135,291||5.8||5.9||+23,190|
|Education and Training||222,084||8.1||8.5||190,139||8.1||8.5||+31,944|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||303,637||11.1||12.4||257,491||11.0||12.1||+46,146|
|Arts and Recreation Services||48,080||1.8||1.6||42,867||1.8||1.7||+5,213|
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts. NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn morePlease refer to specific data notes for more information
An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the Greater Sydney in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (311,986 people or 11.4%)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (303,637 people or 11.1%)
- Retail Trade (267,935 people or 9.8%)
In combination these three fields accounted for 883,558 people in total or 32.3% of the local workers.
In comparison, New South Wales employed 9.1% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; 12.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 10.3% in Retail Trade.
The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Greater Sydney and New South Wales were:
- A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (11.4% compared to 9.1%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (0.4% compared to 2.1%)
- A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Financial and Insurance Services (6.7% compared to 5.1%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (11.1% compared to 12.4%)
The number of local workers in the Greater Sydney increased by increased by 393,379 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+68,697 local workers)
- Construction (+57,064 local workers)
- Retail Trade (+50,311 local workers)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (+46,146 local workers)