Taking Stock of Workforce Distribution

Here’s the latest ABS data on the distribution of the Australian workforce (refer table). Health Care industry is by far the largest employer. Sectors like mining, in spite of getting all the media attention, employs only 1.5% of the workforce. While the manufacturing sector, arguably a dying industry, is the fourth largest employer it’s clear that the Australia is predominantly a service economy. And that trend is likely to continue for years to come.

Industry Total Employed (‘000)
Health Care and Social Assistance 1221.6
Retail Trade 1187.4
Construction 1014.1
Manufacturing 972.1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 838.3
Education and Training 835.1
Accommodation and Food Services 766.3
Public Administration and Safety 694.8
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 593.8
Other Services 461.8
Wholesale Trade 408.1
Financial and Insurance Services 389.0
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 372.5
Administrative and Support Services 367.9
Information Media and Telecommunications 221.3
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 197.4
Arts and Recreation Services 196.6
Mining 179.4
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 143.0

From a recruitment perspective, workforce data offer clues to what type of tools and strategy should be used. Taking stock of the size and distribution of the workforce is a good start.

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