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Regional industry information is available from the Employment Region and SA4 Region channels.

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 12,113,300 employed people in Australia (ABS trend data), full time and part time. Over the past five years, employment across all industries has increased by 7.1 per cent. The median age for workers in Australia is 40 years and median earnings are around $1,230 per week (before tax) for full time employees.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - May 17 ('000)

12,113.3

Employment Growth - Five years to May 17 ('000)

798.6

Employment Growth - Five Years to May 17 (%)

7.1

Male Share of Employment - Year to May 17 (%)

53.5

Female Share of Employment - Year to May 17 (%)

46.5

Full Time Share of Employment - Year to May 17 (%)

68.2

Average Full Time Hours - Year to May 17

41

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

1,230

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

989.7

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

8.3

Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, trend. Average full time hours data is a four quarter average of original data; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, 2015; Department of Employment, 2016 employment projections, five years to November 2020.

Top 10 Occupations

(For more information, select an occupation below)


Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2016)


Sales Assistants (General)

518,700

Registered Nurses

261,400

General Clerks

242,900

Retail Managers

223,200

Truck Drivers

190,600

Accountants

183,400

Receptionists

174,700

Aged and Disabled Carers

154,400

Commercial Cleaners

153,100

Electricians

146,800

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.