Northern Territory

This image shows that there were 132,800 people employed in Northern Territory as at November 2015, up 3.3% since 2014 and 9.6% since 2010. 39% of jobs were regional. Employment in Northern Territory is projected to grow by 7.4% over the next 5 years.
132,800
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
3.3 since 2014
9.6 since 2010
Projected to increase by 7.4% over the next 5 years

There are 132,800 workers in the Northern Territory (NT), making it the smallest labour market in Australia. Three in every five workers are in Darwin, although there are more than 50,000 jobs outside the capital.

Over the five years to November 2015, employment increased strongly (up by 9.6% or 11,600). Female employment rose by 9.1% (or 5,000). Male employment growth was slightly stronger (up by 9.9% or 6,600). Employment is projected to grow by 7.4% over the five years to November 2020.

A relatively large proportion of NT workers are employed in Public Administration and Safety (17% compared with 6% nationally), and this industry added the largest number of new jobs over the five years to November 2015 (up by 5,400). Construction is the second largest industry with 12% of employment (or 15,800 workers) and 3,200 new jobs were created in this sector.

Young people (15 to 24 years) in the NT are less likely to be engaged in education or employment, with 84% in work or full-time study, compared with 89% nationally.

Around 60% of the NT workforce holds a post-school qualification, with workers more likely to hold a certificate III or higher vocational education and training (VET) qualification than a bachelor degree or higher. Around 19% of workers are employed part-time, the lowest of any state or territory.

Educational attainment, Northern Territory (% of workforce)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Northern Territory workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 26%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 35%. No post-school qualification 35%. Other qualification 4%.

Age profile, Northern Territory (% of workforce)

Shows age profile of the workforce in Northern Territory.  15-24 years 16%. 25-34 years 26%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 20%. 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, Northern Territory

Employment by region, Northern 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 %
Darwin 81.5 9.0 12.4 19 47 7.1 8.6
NT - Outback 52.1 4.0 8.3 19 43 2.7 5.4
Northern Territory1 132.8 11.6 9.6 19 45 9.8 7.4
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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