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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 left hand navigation menu and view essential data on employment characteristics, trends and main occupations.

There are approximately 11,973,400 employed people in Australia (ABS trend data), full time and part time. Over the past five years, employment across all industries has increased by 6.9 per cent. The median age for workers in Australia is 40 years and median earnings are around $1,200 per week (before tax) for full time employees.

All Industries

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - Aug 2016 ('000)

11,973.4

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

777.2

Employment Growth - Five Years to Aug 2016 (%)

6.9

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

53.6

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

46.4

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

68.6

Average Full Time Hours - Year to Aug 2016

41

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

1,200

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. 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

(For more information, select an occupation below)


Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2015)


Sales Assistants (General)

539,800

Registered Nurses

256,100

Retail Managers

234,100

General Clerks

232,600

Accountants

186,700

Truck Drivers

179,900

Receptionists

171,500

Electricians

154,900

Primary School Teachers

147,800

Child Carers

146,300

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.