Information Media and Telecommunications

This image shows that there were 219,800 people employed in the Information Media and Telecommunications industry as at November 2015, up 4.9% since 2014 and up 3.3% since 2010. 15% of jobs were regional. Employment in the Information Media and Telecommunications industry is projected to grow by 4.0% over the next 5 years.
219,800
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
4.9 since 2014
3.3 since 2010
Projected to increase by 4.0% over the next 5 years

Top 5 Information Media and Telecommunications Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Top 5 Occupations This Industry All Industries
Telecommunications Trades Workers 14,600 22,300
Journalists and Other Writers 12,600 27,500
Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors 9,300 14,200
Artistic Directors, Media Producers and Presenters 8,500 16,800
ICT Managers 7,200 58,000

The diverse Information Media and Telecommunications industry employs almost 220,000 workers, or 2% of Australia’s workforce. It includes businesses engaged in newspaper and Internet publishing, radio, broadcasting and telecommunications infrastructure and networks.

Employment growth has been relatively subdued (up by 3.3% or 7,100) over the five years to November 2015. The majority of new jobs were created in Motion Picture and Sound Recording Activities and Telecommunications Services. A similar growth rate is projected over the five years to November 2020 (up by 4.0% or 8,800) with the largest number of new jobs expected in Telecommunications Services (up by 6,400).

About 60% of jobs are located in Sydney and Melbourne.

More than 40% of the workers are Professionals, but the largest five employing occupations demonstrate the diversity of jobs offered in this industry. Around two thirds of workers hold post-school qualifications, and they are more likely to have a bachelor degree or higher qualification than workers across all industries. Just 24% have a qualification at the certificate III or higher vocational education and training (VET) level (compared with 32% across all industries).

Relatively few workers are aged 15 to 24 years (12%) and 45 years and over (31%). Women have a slightly lower share of jobs in this industry than they have of all jobs (43% compared with 46%).

Educational attainment, Information Media and Telecommunications (% of industry total)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Information Media and Telecommunications Industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 44%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 24%. No post-school qualification 26%. Other qualification 6%.

Age profile, Information Media and Telecommunications (% of industry total)

Shows age profile of the workforce in the Information Media and Telecommunications industry.  15-24 years 12%. 25-34 years 30%. 35-44 years 27%. 45-54 years 19%. Aged 55 years and over 12%. All industries average: 15-24 years 16%. 25-34 years 23%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 18%.

Employment projections by region, Information Media and Telecommunication, five years to November 2020 (% change)

Employment projections by region, Information Media and Telecommunication, five years to November 2020 (% change)

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Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment Projections; ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification