Job Markets Australia 2020-2021


The Job Markets Australia online database was researched and written by Rodney Stinson, who has spent more than 40 years in researching occupations and analyzing employment, earnings and labour market trends. For 33 years he has worked in his own labour market consultancy.

The online database is heavily dependent on the published and unpublished statistics of the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Relevant time-series and tabular data from its Labour Force survey, supplementary surveys and other collections are obtained, analysed and interpreted for each annual update in the Job Markets Australia series. In addition to drawing on the comprehensive statistical data published on the Bureau’s website, this also entails use of the TableBuilder facility and commissioned unpublished tables on key topics such as mean and median earnings by unit group occupation in the Characteristics of Employment survey.

A large number of unpublished cross-tabulated tables from the 2016 Population Census were obtained from the Bureau. Wherever possible, cross-tabulated tables were commissioned at the most detailed level for occupation, industry, age, working hours, employment status, gender and related data sets. It is best practice in occupational research to rely on the most recent Census for statistics on detailed occupations and cross-tabulations. Such statistics are fully reliable because they are counts which are collected to high quality standards. The Census statistics are used to provide benchmarks for subsequent survey-based estimates in the Labour Force and other series. It is worth noting that such benchmarks are revised about two years after the Census.

The Bureau’s original statistics are seldom quoted in Job Markets Australia, as they have generally been extensively analyzed and transformed. The overriding goal for the research and analysis work was to establish for each of 1,016 ANZSCO occupations what it had in common with other occupations and the characteristics that were unique or shared with only some occupations. The occupations are from the  Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) Dictionary, 1st edition, revised.

Roughly half of the information fields in Job Markets Australia do not rely on the Bureau’s data.  These fields have evaluative and/or descriptive data that are based either on Rodney Stinson’s assessments, or present the result of local studies commissioned by Yorkcross Pty Ltd on the topics in question, or convey the O*NET™ findings on skills, abilities and knowledge. Rodney Stinson created the crosswalk between the O*NET-SOC codes and the ANZSCO occupations.

It must be emphasized that, over and above the lengthy statistical and other research, the content of Job Markets Australia is reliant on Rodney Stinson’s labour market knowledge and understanding. He has made every effort to ensure the analysis, assessments and ratings are objective and accurate. As he is not allied to any of the stakeholders or lobby-groups, in education and training, industry, unions or other bodies, the online database serves as an independent source of information.

For further information: go to the   Information Paper

For a full list of the Regions and Local Areas with job numbers, open Regions and Local Areas List by State and Territory

Further information on average retirement age:  go to Average Retirement Age by Occupation

The online database also incorporates some of the public domain contents of the Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration’s O*NET™ database in the United States of America. When a Report is obtained from there is an option to include the O*NET™ skills, abilities and knowledge data for a particular occupation. To that data are added percentage analyses for the importance and level of specific factors, utilizing formulae obtained from the website.