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)
Age profile, Northern Territory (% of workforce)
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|
|NT - Outback||52.1||4.0||8.3||19||43||2.7||5.4|
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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