Top employing industries in Western Australia
|Health Care and Social Assistance|
|Public Administration and Safety|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services|
|Education and Training|
|Accommodation and Food Services|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing|
|Administrative and Support Services|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing|
|Financial and Insurance Services|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services|
|Arts and Recreation Services|
|Information Media and Telecommunications|
Western Australia is the fourth largest employing state, with employment mostly located in Perth.
The largest employing industry in Western Australia is Health Care and Social Assistance. Demand for work in this industry is only going to increase given Australia’s ageing population. It is worth noting that not everyone employed in this industry is a doctor or a nurse.
Some of the top employing occupations in Health Care and Social Assistance include Receptionists, General Clerks, Kitchenhands and Commercial Cleaners. These are all occupations that can be perfect entry level positions and generally require minimal qualifications or prior experience.
Unlike the rest of Australia, a large proportion of Western Australians are employed in the Mining industry (around one in 10 workers). Reflecting this, nearly half of total Mining employment is located in Western Australia.
While many jobs across Australia have been adversely affected by COVID-19, some areas of the economy have seen an increase in demand. This includes some areas of Mining and mining services.
Employment by region, Western Australia
|Employment Profile||Workforce Educational Profile|
|Part-time||Female||Aged 15 to 24 years||Aged 55 years or older||Bachelor degree or higher||Cert III or higher VET qual||No post-school qual|
|Western Australia - Outback||26||43||11||23||19||34||36|
|Western Australia - Wheat Belt||33||45||12||33||12||40||40|
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work; National Skills Commission, A snapshot in time: The Australian labour market and COVID-19.