Updated: May 22, 2019
To celebrate International Women's Day in 2019 WRI has taken a look at employment data released in November 2018 and the 2016 Census data to examine differences in employment, income, participation and unpaid work between women in Greater Sydney vs women in the Rest of NSW. The Rest of NSW includes all regional areas outside the metropolitan footprint.
The Australian government is predicting employment growth (regardless of gender of employees) in the same five industry sectors for both Greater Sydney and Rest of NSW over the next 5 years. Lower workforce participation rates for women in Rest of NSW combined with lower average incomes for these key growth sectors presents an opportunity for businesses to engage a women in regional areas.
Engaging women at all levels of the workforce is critical for sustaining any successful community and this is improved by providing support for women (and men for that matter) to manage their carer and unpaid work commitments. Unpaid work includes a range of activities including volunteer work, domestic household work and caring for others (see Australian Bureau of Statistics). More women in Rest of NSW do more than 15 hours of unpaid work per week compared to women in Greater Sydney (37% versus 30% respectively). The number of paid hours worked per week is higher for women in Greater Sydney.
A workforce profile can be useful for identifying business opportunities or predicting skills and training future training needs. WRI can produce a range of geographic statistical information to assist in making sense of data. We can help you to find great insights so don't hesitate to call us and have a chat about your workforce profiling needs.