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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 13,016,600 employed people in Australia (ABS seasonally adjusted data). Over the past five years, employment across all industries has increased by 9.1 per cent. The median age for workers in Australia is 39 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,150 per week.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Employment data for the February 2021 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 February 2021 employment data with caution.

The Industry & Occupation quarterly employment update data visualisation can provide more context around recent movements in industry and occupation employment.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - February 2021 ('000)

13,016.6

Employment Growth - Five years to February 2021 ('000)

1,082.7

Employment Growth - Five Years to February 2021 (%)

9.1

Male Share of Employment - February 2021 (%)

52.6

Female Share of Employment - February 2021 (%)

47.4

Full Time Share of Employment - February 2021 (%)

68.4

Average Full Time Hours - February 2021

39

Median Weekly Earnings in Main Job - August 2020 ($)

1150

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to November 2025 ('000)

991.6

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to November 2025 (%)

7.8

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 2020; National Skills Commission, 2020 employment projections, five years to November 2025.

Top 10 Occupations

(For more information, select an occupation below)


Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2020)


Sales Assistants (General)

498,500

General Clerks

311,700

Registered Nurses

296,900

Aged and Disabled Carers

220,600

Retail Managers

220,200

Accountants

191,400

Truck Drivers

191,000

Commercial Cleaners

167,600

Receptionists

167,500

Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers

160,100

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.