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Regional Industry Data

Industry Information

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

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 12,577,100 employed people in Australia (ABS trend data). Over the past five years, employment across all industries has increased by 6.7 per cent. The median age for workers in Australia is 39 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,100 per week.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Employment data for the August 2020 quarter are presented in seasonally adjusted terms, rather than trend. Seasonally adjusted data may be more volatile than trend, however, more readily show the significant impact of COVID-19 on the Australian labour market. Moreover, employment data for some industries may exhibit a high degree of volatility as the pandemic has caused greater disruption in different segments of the economy. Please use August 2020 employment data with caution.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - August 2020 ('000)

12,577.1

Employment Growth - Five years to August 2020 ('000)

785.3

Employment Growth - Five Years to August 2020 (%)

6.7

Male Share of Employment - Year to August 2020 (%)

52.7

Female Share of Employment - Year to August 2020 (%)

47.3

Full Time Share of Employment - Year to August 2020 (%)

68.4

Average Full Time Hours - August 2020

38

Median Weekly Earnings in Main Job - August 2019 ($)

1,100

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2024 ('000)

1,075.0

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2024 (%)

8.3

Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, seasonally adjusted. Average full time hours data is National Skills Commission seasonally adjusted; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, August 2019; National Skills Commission, 2019 employment projections, five years to May 2024.

Top 10 Occupations

(For more information, select an occupation below)


Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2019)


Sales Assistants (General)

475,000

Registered Nurses

292,900

General Clerks

267,200

Retail Managers

223,100

Truck Drivers

202,300

Accountants

196,000

Aged and Disabled Carers

190,600

Receptionists

184,900

Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers

182,400

Office Managers

167,000

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 National Skills Commission 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 National Skills Commission surveys businesses to monitor recruitment conditions across Australia and provide insights into what employers are looking for.

Workforce Shortages

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