Victoria

This image shows that there were 2,970,500 people employed in Victoria as at November 2015, up 2.3% since 2014 and 6.4% since 2010. 23% of jobs were regional. Employment in Victoria is projected to grow by 8.8% over the next 5 years.
2,970,500
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
2.3 since 2014
6.4 since 2010
Projected to increase by 8.8% over the next 5 years

Victoria is the second largest employing state with a quarter of all employed Australians (or 2,970,500). State employment is concentrated in Melbourne (77%).

Employment in Victoria rose by 6.4% (or 177,400) over the five years to November 2015. Females accounted for the majority of this growth (up by 109,400 or 8.7%) and they comprise 46% of the state’s workforce. Employment is expected to continue to grow in Victoria, up by 8.8% over the five years to November 2020.

In line with the national profile, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employing industry (365,200) and it provided the most new jobs over the five years to November 2015 (up by 47,200 or 14.8%). Significant numbers of new jobs were also created in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (41,500 or 18.6%) and Education and Training (16,800 or 7.8%).

Employment in Manufacturing fell by 11.9% or 36,400 in Victoria over the five years to November 2015, but it remains the third largest employing industry. Despite the overall employment loss, new jobs have been created in some subsectors such as Basic Chemical and Chemical Product Manufacturing (up by 3,200 or 24.0%).

Workers in Victoria are more likely to be employed part-time than the national average (33% compared with 31%). A higher proportion of Victorian workers hold a bachelor degree or higher qualification (34%) than those in any other state (although the Australian Capital Territory has a higher proportion).

Young workers (15 to 24 years) comprise 15% of the Victorian workforce but they have a higher share of employment in Shepparton and Latrobe - Gippsland (both 19%), but a relatively low proportion in Hume (11%).

Educational attainment, Victoria (% of workforce)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Victorian workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 34%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 30%. No post-school qualification 31%. Other qualification 5%. National average: Bachelor degree or higher 31%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 32%. No post-school qualification 32%. Other qualification 5%..

Age profile, Victoria (% of workforce)

Shows age profile of the workforce in Victoria.  15-24 years 15%. 25-34 years 24%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 18%. 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, Victoria, five years to November 2020 (% change)

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

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Employment by industry, Victoria

Employment by industry, Victoria
  Employ’t Nov 2015 Share of total 5 year change to Nov 2015
Industries ‘000 % ‘000 %
Accommodation and Food Services 198.3 7 14.7 8.0
Administrative and Support Services 108.4 4 7.9 7.9
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 88.6 3 14.7 19.9
Arts and Recreation Services 64.3 2 6.9 12.1
Construction 262.7 9 14.2 5.7
Education and Training 232.4 8 16.8 7.8
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 36.3 1 4.7 14.9
Financial and Insurance Services 115.8 4 -0.2 -0.2
Health Care and Social Assistance 365.2 12 47.2 14.8
Information Media and Telecommunications 61.3 2 0.8 1.4
Manufacturing 269.5 9 -36.4 -11.9
Mining 8.5 0 -1.2 -12.3
Other Services 107.4 4 -3.0 -2.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 264.2 9 41.5 18.6
Public Administration and Safety 146.0 5 13.8 10.4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 47.9 2 5.4 12.8
Retail Trade 331.4 11 16.6 5.3
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 151.3 5 14.0 10.2
Wholesale Trade 115.4 4 2.3 2.1

Employment by region, Victoria

Employment by region, Victoria
  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 Melbourne 2,278.4 77 160.8 7.6 32 46 226.1 9.8
Ballarat 74.3 3 9.2 14.1 38 49 2.6 3.7
Bendigo 68.0 2 0.1 0.2 39 46 2.9 4.4
Geelong 121.5 4 5.3 4.5 38 46 9.6 7.7
Hume 85.0 3 13.0 18.0 32 48 4.7 5.5
Latrobe - Gippsland 126.8 4 -1.8 -1.4 37 46 6.3 5.0
North West 69.3 2 2.7 4.1 37 46 2.9 4.4
Shepparton 62.1 2 6.3 11.2 29 44 1.9 3.1
Warrnambool and South West 63.2 2 0.5 0.8 35 45 3.4 5.2
Victoria1 2,970.5 100 177.4 6.4 33 46 260.5 8.8
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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