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Health Care and Social Assistance

Health Care and Social Assistance employs approximately 1,538,100 persons (ABS trend data), full time and part time, which is around 12.8 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 18.1 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 43 years and median earnings are around $1,150 per week (before tax) for full time employees. For more detailed information on the Health Care and Social Assistance industry, please visit the  Data Tools channel.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - Aug 2016 ('000)

1,538.1

Employment Growth - Five years to Aug 2016 ('000)

236.0

Employment Growth - Five Years to Aug 2016 (%)

18.1

Male Share of Employment - Year to Aug 2016 (%)

21.7

Female Share of Employment - Year to Aug 2016 (%)

78.3

Full Time Share of Employment - Year to Aug 2016 (%)

56.6

Average Full Time Hours - Year to Aug 2016

37

Median Weekly Earnings (full time employees) 2014 ($)

1,150

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to Nov 2020 ('000)

250.2

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to Nov 2020 (%)

16.4

Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, trend. Female, Male and full time data are four quarter averages of original data; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, 2014; Department of Employment, 2016 employment projections, five years to November 2020.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2015)


Registered Nurses

238,600

Aged and Disabled Carers

128,700

Child Carers

111,400

Receptionists

88,600

Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers

87,800

Generalist Medical Practitioners

55,900

Welfare Support Workers

36,900

General Clerks

29,000

Physiotherapists

22,100

Social Workers

21,900

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 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.