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Regional Industry Data

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

Information Media and Telecommunications

Information Media and Telecommunications employs approximately 178,500 persons (ABS seasonally adjusted data), which accounts for 1.4 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has decreased by 8.2 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 38 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,475 per week.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Employment data for the May 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 May 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 - May 2021 ('000)

178.5

Workforce Share - February 2021 (%)

1.4

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

-15.9

Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2021 (%)

-8.2

Male Share of Employment - May 2021 (%)

57.2

Female Share of Employment - May 2021 (%)

42.8

Median Age - 2019

38

Full Time Share of Employment - May 2021 (%)

76.7

Average Full Time Hours - May 2021

37

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

1475

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

-7.5

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

-3.9

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; Median age data are ABS, customised report; 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

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2020)


Telecommunications Trades Workers

15,800

Journalists and Other Writers

12,000

Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors

11,400

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

11,100

Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters

9,200

ICT Managers

7,100

Performing Arts Technicians

6,200

Librarians

5,700

Software and Applications Programmers

5,000

Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers

4,600

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.