South Australia

This image shows that there were 805,300 people employed in South Australia as at November 2015, up 0.6% since 2014 and 0.3% since 2010. 22% of jobs were regional. Employment in South Australia is projected to grow by 5.1% over the next 5 years.
805,300
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
0.6 since 2014
0.3 since 2010
Projected to increase by 5.1% over the next 5 years

South Australia is a small employing state (805,300 workers) which has experienced subdued labour market conditions over recent years. Employment rose by 2,500 or 0.3% over the five years to November 2015, significantly below the national average (6.4%). Growth over the past year, however, has shown some recovery (up by 0.6% or 5,100), although it still remains well below the national average (2.5%).

Female employment has risen over the past five years (up by 8,000 or 2.2%), offsetting a fall in male employment (down by 5,500 or 1.3%). Around 47% of workers in South Australia are female.

Employment is projected to increase by 5.1% over the next five years, below the national average rate (8.3%).

Over the five years to November 2015, new jobs were created in eight of the 19 industries. Health Care and Social Assistance contributed the most new jobs (up by 10,800), followed by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (9,200) and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (by contrast with job losses in this industry nationally) and Transport, Postal and Warehousing (each adding 6,900).

There were significant job losses in Construction (down by 8,900) and Manufacturing (5,200). These industries, though, continue to offer large numbers of jobs in this state. Together, they account for 17% of employment.

Workers in South Australia are more likely to be employed part-time (34%) than workers nationally (31%).

A relatively large proportion of the workforce is aged 45 years and over (42% compared with the Australian average of 39%), although young workers (15 to 24 years) account for 16% of employment, in line with the national average.

Fewer workers in this state have a bachelor degree or higher qualification (27%) compared with the national average (31%), although the proportion who hold a certificate III or higher vocational education and training (VET) qualification is the same as the national average.

Educational attainment, South Australia (% of workforce)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the South Australian workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 27%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 32%. No post-school qualification 33%. Other qualification 8%.

Age profile, South Australia (% of workforce)

Shows age profile of the workforce in South Australia.  15-24 years 16%. 25-34 years 21%. 35-44 years 21%. 45-54 years 22%. Aged 55 years and over 20%. 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 projections by region, South Australia, five years to November 2020 (% change)

Employment projections by region, South Australia, five years to November 2020 (% change)

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Employment by industry, South Australia

Employment by industry, South Australia
  Employ’t Nov 2015 Share of total 5 year change to Nov 2015
Industries '000 % '000 %
Accommodation and Food Services 59.5 7 -1.2 -1.9
Administrative and Support Services 28.2 4 -2.4 -7.9
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 39.4 5 6.9 21.2
Arts and Recreation Services 12.1 2 -0.4 -2.9
Construction 61.7 8 -8.9 -12.7
Education and Training 60.2 7 -0.6 -0.9
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 11.1 1 -0.3 -2.3
Financial and Insurance Services 23.1 3 -0.4 -1.8
Health Care and Social Assistance 118.7 15 10.8 10.0
Information Media and Telecommunications 12.1 2 -2.6 -17.6
Manufacturing 72.1 9 -5.2 -6.7
Mining 9.2 1 2.2 31.1
Other Services 30.9 4 1.7 6.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 54.3 7 9.2 20.5
Public Administration and Safety 57.0 7 3.7 6.9
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 10.2 1 -3.1 -23.2
Retail Trade 90.1 11 0.7 0.8
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 40.5 5 6.9 20.7
Wholesale Trade 23.5 3 -4.3 -15.6

Employment by region, South Australia

Employment by region, South Australia
  Employment Employment Profile Projected Employment
  Employ’t Nov 2015 Share of state total 5 year change to Nov 2015 Part-time Female 5 year change to Nov 2020
Regions '000 % '000 % % % '000 %
Greater Adelaide 627.6 78 0.1 0.0 35 47 37.8 5.9
Barossa - Yorke - Mid North 51.9 6 2.6 5.2 34 46 1.1 2.3
South Australia - Outback 42.8 5 5.2 14.0 26 40 -0.3 -0.7
South Australia - South East 81.2 10 -3.7 -4.4 34 49 2.6 3.0
South Australia1 805.3 100 2.5 0.3 34 47 41.2 5.1
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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