Australian Capital Territory

This image shows that there were 209,800 people employed in the Australian Capital Territory as at November 2015, up 0.9% since 2014 and 0.7% since 2010. 0.0% of jobs were regional. Employment in the Australian Capital Territory is projected to grow by 7.2% over the next 5 years.
209,800
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
0.9 since 2014
0.7 since 2010
Projected to increase by 7.2% over the next 5 years

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) labour market is small and highly skilled. There are 209,800 workers (around 2% of the national total) and 43% have a bachelor degree or higher qualification.

Over the five years to November 2015, employment rose by 1,400 (or 0.7%). Female employment increased by 3,000 or 2.9%, offsetting a fall in male employment (down by 1,600 or 1.5%). Women have a high share of ACT jobs (49%). ACT employment is projected to continue to rise over the next five years (up by 7.2%).

Public Administration and Safety is the largest employing industry, with 29% of all ACT workers. Employment in this industry fell by 3,800 (or 5.9%) over the five years to November 2015, driven by declines over the last two years (down by 9,300 or 13.4%). Health Care and Social Assistance is the second largest employing industry (10% of the workforce), followed by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services and Education and Training (both 9%). These three industries, combined, contributed 8,200 new jobs over the past five years.

Manufacturing and Construction have low shares of employment and there have been job losses in these industries over the past five years. Consequently relatively few workers have a certificate III or higher vocational education and training (VET) qualification.

Around 93% of young people (15 to 24 years) are either in work or full-time study (compared with 89% nationally).

Educational attainment, Australian Capital Territory (% of workforce)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Australian Capital Territory workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 43%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 27%. No post-school qualification 25%. Other qualification 5%.

Age profile, Australian Capital Territory (% of workforce)

Shows age profile of the workforce in the Australian Capital Territory.  15-24 years 14%. 25-34 years 26%. 35-44 years 23%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 16%. National average: 15-24 years 16%. 25-34 years 23%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 18%.

Employment by region, Australian Capital Territory

Employment by region, Australian Capital Territory
  Employment Employment Profile Projected Employment
  Employ’t Nov 2015 5 year change to Nov 2015 Part-time Female 5 year change to Nov 2020
Regions '000 '000 % % % '000 %
Australian Capital Territory 209.8 1.4 0.7 27 49 15.3 7.2
Australia 11,855.8 710.1 6.4 31 46 989.7 8.3

1. Some data are trend and, for these, totals do not add

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Regional Employment Projections

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