Where do we work? Here’s where the jobs are.

Where are the jobs? 28842699_l

To help answer this below, I’ve included three tables.

These are based on cleaned up ABS Census data (it is long story but suffice to say that you cannot blindly compare the 2011 count with the 2016 census – if you do you will get incorrect answers) plus published NIEIR results.

The first shows job locations and growth by capital city/region.

Most jobs growth in our capital cities

In short the figures show that most jobs are in the capitals and the vast majority of the new jobs created over the last five years were in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and across regional Qld and NSW.

Table 1: Job locations and growth by capital/region

Location 2011 2016 Change last 5 yrs
Greater Sydney 1,998,983 2,209,296 210,313 11%
Greater Melbourne 1,868,693 2,046,163 177,470 9%
Greater Brisbane 980,222 1,037,901 57,679 6%
Greater Adelaide 552,433 560,316 7,883 1%
Greater Perth 796,641 850,158 53,517 7%
ACT 210,695 220,645 9,950 5%
Greater Hobart 97,564 99,361 1,797 2%
Greater Darwin 60,887 72,120 11,233 18%
Total capitals 6,566,118 7,095,960 529,842 8%
Rest of NSW 980,268 1,005,430 25,162 3%
Rest of Qld 949,056 993,925 44,869 5%
Rest of SA 151,414 148,131 -3,283 -2%
Rest of Victoria 548,725 564,984 16,259 3%
Rest of WA 254,770 260,115 5,345 2%
Rest of Tas. 106,688 106,813 125 0%
Rest of NT 37,773 33,860 -3,913 -10%
Total regional 3,028,694 3,113,258 84,564 3%
Other* 463,517 474,624 11,107 2%
Total Australia 10,058,329 10,683,842 625,513 6%

*Too hard to geographically base.

Inner City jobs  
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Table two shows that inner city locations hold some 20% of the jobs in the five major capitals, and whilst many new jobs in recent years were in inner Sydney, Melbourne and even Adelaide, this doesn’t ring true for Brisbane and especially Perth.

Breaking the jobs statistics down further for the Brisbane region, only 2% of the new jobs over the last five years have been in inner Brisbane.

A big 71% or 41,000 new jobs were located across the middle-ring suburbs (5km to 20km from the GPO) with 27% (15,500 new jobs) in the outer Brisbane suburbs.

Table 2: Inner city job growth

Location 2016 % jobs Change % growth
Inner Sydney 463,460 21% 65,351 31%
Inner Melbourne 359,141 18% 47,524 27%
Inner Brisbane 205,044 20% 1,388 2%
Inner Adelaide 107,612 19% 1,978 25%
Inner Perth 137,443 16% -4,855 -9%
Total 5 inner city 1,272,700 19% 111,386 22%

What’s happening in Queensland?

The third table shows the job count and change in jobs by local authority across south east Queensland.

Reflecting the middle-ring job surge, Brisbane City tops the ranks, followed by the Gold Coast and then the Sunshine Coast.

Table 3: Job growth across SEQld

Location 2011 2016 Change last 5 yrs
Sunshine Coast 111,151 122,125 10,974 10%
Moreton Bay 112,637 121,862 9,225 8%
Brisbane City 662,024 401,390 42,366 6%
Ipswich 63,637 70,604 6,967 11%
Lockyer Valley 12,002 12,401 399 3%
Toowoomba 75,490 75,518 28 0%
Logan City 97,575 95,559 -2,016 -2%
Redland Shire 44,349 45,486 1,137 3%
Gold Coast 240,936 262,271 21,335 9%
Tweed Shire 30,023 29,401 -622 -2%
Total SEQ 1,449,824 1,236,617 89,793 6%


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