Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in 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 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 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||2014/15 - 2019/20|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||10,362||0.4||2.1||9,382||0.4||2.3||+979|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||24,970||0.9||1.1||22,185||0.9||1.1||+2,785|
|Accommodation and Food Services||178,715||6.5||6.9||153,709||6.4||7.2||+25,006|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||163,550||5.9||5.2||134,717||5.6||5.1||+28,833|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||76,061||2.8||2.2||74,589||3.1||2.4||+1,472|
|Financial and Insurance Services||184,336||6.7||5.2||161,811||6.8||5.1||+22,526|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||49,766||1.8||1.7||47,524||2.0||1.8||+2,242|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||332,305||12.0||9.7||251,055||10.5||8.4||+81,251|
|Administrative and Support Services||94,197||3.4||3.3||87,000||3.6||3.5||+7,197|
|Public Administration and Safety||161,549||5.9||6.0||137,275||5.7||5.9||+24,274|
|Education and Training||209,733||7.6||7.9||198,615||8.3||8.6||+11,118|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||320,214||11.6||13.0||267,710||11.2||12.4||+52,504|
|Arts and Recreation Services||47,644||1.7||1.6||42,542||1.8||1.6||+5,102|
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 morePlease refer to specific data notes for more information
An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Greater Sydney in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (332,305 people or 12.0%)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (320,214 people or 11.6%)
- Retail Trade (257,762 people or 9.3%)
In combination these three fields accounted for 910,281 people in total or 33.0% of the local workers.
In comparison, New South Wales employed 9.7% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; 13.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 9.7% in Retail Trade.
The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of Greater Sydney and New South Wales were:
- A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (12.0% compared to 9.7%)
- 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 5.2%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Health Care and Social Assistance (11.6% compared to 13.0%)
The number of local workers in Greater Sydney increased by increased by 371,174 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+81,251 local workers)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (+52,504 local workers)
- Construction (+46,659 local workers)
- Retail Trade (+36,071 local workers)