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Regional industry information is available from the Employment Region and SA4 Region channel. For more detailed information by industry, please visit the Interactive Data Files channel.

Industry Information

The Australian workforce is employed across 19 broad industries as defined in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) 2006. You can select any of these industries from the menu below and view essential data on employment characteristics, trends and main occupations. For total employment, scroll down below the menu.

All Industries (total employment)

In total, there are approximately 12,879,600 employed people in Australia (ABS trend data). Over the past five years, employment across all industries has increased by 11.9 per cent. The median age for workers in Australia is 39 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,066 per week.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - May 2019 ('000)

12,879.6

Employment Growth - Five years to May 2019 ('000)

1,370.9

Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2019 (%)

11.9

Male Share of Employment - Year to May 2019 (%)

53.0

Female Share of Employment - Year to May 2019 (%)

47.0

Full Time Share of Employment - Year to May 2019 (%)

68.4

Average Full Time Hours - May 2019

39

Median Weekly Earnings in Main Job - August 2018 ($)

1066

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2023 ('000)

886.1

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2023 (%)

7.1

Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, trend. Average full time hours data is Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business trend; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, August 2018; Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, 2018 employment projections, five years to May 2023.

Top 10 Occupations

(For more information, select an occupation below)


Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2018)


Sales Assistants (General)

518,500

Registered Nurses

279,100

General Clerks

251,100

Retail Managers

235,300

Truck Drivers

204,300

Accountants

193,400

Receptionists

179,800

Aged and Disabled Carers

173,200

Primary School Teachers

165,800

Commercial Cleaners

162,900

Source: Four quarter average and custom data based on ABS Labour Force, Australia, Cat no: 6291.0.55.003.


Supporting data

Employment Projections

Where will the jobs be in the future? The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business projects employment growth over the next five years by region, industry, and occupation.

Vacancy Report

Online job advertising levels and trends by region, occupation and skill level are detailed in the monthly vacancy report.

Employers’ Recruitment Insights

The Survey of Employers' Recruitment Experiences is used to monitor recruitment conditions and to provide up-to-date information on regional labour market challenges.

Workforce Shortages

The Department carries out research to identify workforce shortages at the state, territory and/or national level for around 80 occupations.