Take Survey
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Careers

Health Care and Social Assistance Industry Driving Employment Growth


Thursday, 9th November 2017 at 4:50 pm
Luke Michael, Journalist
The health care and social assistance industry has been the strongest contributor to employment growth across Australia in recent years, according to an analysis of recently released 2016 Census employment figures.


Thursday, 9th November 2017
at 4:50 pm
Luke Michael, Journalist


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Health Care and Social Assistance Industry Driving Employment Growth
Thursday, 9th November 2017 at 4:50 pm

The health care and social assistance industry has been the strongest contributor to employment growth across Australia in recent years, according to an analysis of recently released 2016 Census employment figures.  

Consulting firm SGS Economics and Planning completed this analysis, revealing several key trends in employment growth in major capital cities between 2011 and 2016.

It found that more than 900,000 new jobs were created in the major metropolitan regions of Greater Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide – with the health care and social assistance industry the strongest contributor to this with 153,900 jobs.

“This was driven by Australia’s ageing population, particularly in the residential care (such as nursing homes, 32,200 jobs) and social assistance sectors (including childcare services, 36,700 jobs),” the analysis said.

Every major metropolitan region experienced the highest proportion of their employment growth in the health care and social assistance industry – except for Sydney – while Adelaide received almost 50 per cent of their sector employment growth from this industry.

But SGS economist, Terry Rawnsley, told Pro Bono News this was mainly due to a lack of growth in other sectors, particularly manufacturing.

“Looking at the Adelaide numbers, there was a normal growth in health care, but the city didn’t have growth in other industries,” Rawnsley said.

“That’s why Adelaide had such a large proportion of growth in that sector, because the other industries were not growing as fast.”

The analysis also found that while the major metropolitan regions thrived, “the rest of Australia saw an increase of only 5,400 jobs”.

Rawnsley said this was a concerning trend for Australia, putting a strain on the nation’s metropolitan transport network and affecting housing affordability.

“It’s a concern that there are a lot more job opportunities in the cities, while regional areas are struggling,” he said.

“One of the main reasons for the decline in regional areas was a drop off of manufacturing jobs. A lot of large manufacturers, like Ford in Geelong, have closed in the last five years. This has hit country towns quite hard.

“So more and more people have been drawn to the city for job opportunities. This adds to the stress of housing affordability and the transport network.”

He did however, expect the growth in the health care and social assistance industry to continue in coming years.

“The demographic population pyramid is very much geared towards more growth in the aged care sector, with the baby boomer cohort moving into retirement which brings greater health demands and further down the track, more aged care facilities,” Rawnsley said.

“And with a growing population as well, it means the health and community services industry will continue to grow quite strongly.”

Rawnsley encouraged people to make the most of this growth, as he noted the sector offered employment opportunities for a broad range of Australians.

“The healthcare sector is quite diverse and provides opportunities for a whole range of different skill sets. So there’s doctors and professors at the top end, and nurses and admin staff, and also orderlies and aged care workers,” he said.

“So whereas some of the other growing industries like finance are more geared towards people with a bachelor’s degree… [this industry] actually offers employment opportunities for a broad range of people with a broad range of skills.”


Luke Michael  |  Journalist  |  @luke_michael96

Luke Michael is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.


Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Increase to Medicare Levy Must Not Become A Political Football

Wendy Williams

Monday, 4th September 2017 at 4:50 pm

Census to Shine a Light on ‘Hidden’ Family Violence Workers

Wendy Williams

Friday, 28th April 2017 at 1:31 pm

Putting Young Carers in the Census

Wendy Williams

Tuesday, 9th August 2016 at 9:10 am

Reimagining NSW: How the Care Economy Could Help Unclog Our Cities

Ben Spies-Butcher

Monday, 1st August 2016 at 10:41 am

POPULAR

Australians With Disability Twice as Likely to be Evicted Without Cause

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 5th December 2018 at 5:29 pm

Tech-for-good Companies Merge to Extend Impact

Maggie Coggan

Thursday, 29th November 2018 at 8:34 am

Putting Disability and Leadership in the Same Sentence

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 3rd December 2018 at 8:56 am

Glyn Davis Confirmed as New Head of the Ramsay Foundation

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 5th December 2018 at 6:00 pm

Nominate
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

The social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!