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Health Care and Social Assistance

Health Care and Social Assistance employs approximately 1,698,000 persons (ABS trend data), full time and part time, which is around 13.6 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 24.0 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 43 years and median earnings are around $1,200 per week (before tax) for full time employees.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - February 18 ('000)

1,698.0

Employment Growth - Five years to February 18 ('000)

329.0

Employment Growth - Five Years to February 18 (%)

24.0

Male Share of Employment - Year to February 18 (%)

20.9

Female Share of Employment - Year to February 18 (%)

79.1

Full Time Share of Employment - Year to February 18 (%)

55.5

Average Full Time Hours - February 18

37

Median Weekly Earnings (full time employees) 2015 ($)

1200

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2022 ('000)

250.5

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2022 (%)

16.1

Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, trend. Average full time hours data is Department of Jobs and Small Business trend; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, 2015; Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017 employment projections, five years to May 2022.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2017)


Registered Nurses

260,300

Aged and Disabled Carers

153,200

Child Carers

114,700

Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers

89,200

Receptionists

83,800

General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers

65,300

Welfare Support Workers

31,600

General Clerks

28,200

Physiotherapists

28,100

Dental Assistants

24,600

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 Jobs and Small 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.