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Employment by industry (Total)

In 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 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.

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
Greater Sydney2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing10,0970.42.19,2930.42.3+803
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services23,0580.81.022,1850.91.1+873
Wholesale Trade117,7004.33.6110,8074.74.0+6,893
Retail Trade267,9359.810.3217,6239.310.1+50,311
Accommodation and Food Services177,7706.57.0149,7036.47.1+28,068
Transport, Postal and Warehousing152,9055.65.0132,7665.75.1+20,139
Information Media and Telecommunications80,7653.02.374,6203.22.4+6,145
Financial and Insurance Services183,9316.75.1158,9806.85.1+24,951
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services47,9101.81.645,5471.91.8+2,363
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services311,98611.49.1243,28910.48.3+68,697
Administrative and Support Services93,8913.43.384,9283.63.5+8,963
Public Administration and Safety158,4815.86.0135,2915.85.9+23,190
Education and Training222,0848.18.5190,1398.18.5+31,944
Health Care and Social Assistance303,63711.112.4257,49111.012.1+46,146
Arts and Recreation Services48,0801.81.642,8671.81.7+5,213
Other Services99,0743.63.987,5973.73.9+11,477
Total industries2,737,070100.0100.02,343,691100.0100.0+393,379

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in 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 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 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%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in 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)

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