Labour market

This page shows how the Northern Territory's labour market compares to other states and territories, as well as national averages.

Unemployment rate

 Trend Seasonally adjusted
Percentage    (%)May 19Apr 19May 18May 19Apr 19May 18
NSW 4.4 4.4 4.9 4.6 4.64.9
VIC 4.7 4.7 5.1 4.6 4.8 5.0
QLD 6.0 6.0 6.2 6.25.9 6.2
SA 5.85.9 5.75.76.1 5.7
WA 6.1 6.1 6.3 6.16.0 6.5
TAS 6.6 6.6 6.0 6.4 6.86.6
NT 4.5 4.5 4.0 n/a n/a n/a
ACT 3.9 3.8 3.7 n/a n/a n/a
AUS 5.1 5.1 5.4 5.25.2 5.4

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Unemployment rate range, minimum / maximum and current value

Unemployment rate - monthly data: Since 2000, the minimum monthly change in the Northern Territory unemployment rate has been 2.5 per cent and the maximum 7.7 per cent; typically the unemployment rate ranges between 3.3 per cent and 5.8 per cent. In May 2019, the unemployment rate was 4.5 per cent.Unemployment rate - monthly data chart: Between 2015 and 2019 the female unemployment rate decreased faster than the male unemployment rate, and still remains lower than the male unemployment rate.

Participation rate

Trend data, percentage (%)May 19Apr 19May 18 Monthly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 71.4 72.0 76.4 -0.9 -6.6
Australia 65.9 65.8 65.5 0.1 0.5

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Total persons employed

Trend data, 000sMay 19Apr 19May 18 Monthly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 129,704 129,830 138,882-0.1-6.6
Total full-time  101,177 101,727 111,096-0.5 -8.9
Total part-time  28,528 28,103 27,7861.52.7

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Employment growth range, minimum / maximum and current value

Employment growth - monthly data: Since 2000, the minimum monthly change in Northern Territory employment has been -1.0 per cent and the maximum 1.3 per cent; typically employment growth ranges between -0.5 per cent and 0.7 per cent. In May 2019, monthly employment was at -0.1 per cent.Employment growth - YoY data: Over the past two years, part time employment has been the main driver of total employment growth in the Northern Territory.

Aggregate monthly hours worked

Trend data, 000s hrsMay 19Apr 19May 18 Monthly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 18,758 19,051 21,123 -1.5 -11.2
Australia 1,782,056 1,778,791 1,738,579 0.2 2.5

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Labour underutilisation

Trend dataMay 19Apr 19Jan 19 Quarterly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory      
Underemployed workers (000's)​ 8.48.17.13.618.6
Underemployment rate (%)​ 6.26.05.13.821.1
Labour force underutilisation rate (%)​ 10.710.5 9.92.38.8
Australia​    
Underemployed workers (000's)​ 1,147.4 1,136.9 1,108.40.93.5
Underemployment rate (%)​ 8.5 8.4 8.30.72.5
​Labour force underutilisation rate (%)​ 13.6 13.5 13.30.72.6

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Employment by sector

  As at February 2019
(annual moving average)
 
Industry sector, original data, numbersFull-timePart-timeTotal % of total employed
Agriculture, forestry and fishing  1,702 214 1,917 1.4%
Mining  4,155 59 4,214 3.1%
Manufacturing  3,104291 3,394 2.5%
Electricity, gas, water and waste services  2,472 228 2,700 2.0%
Construction  11,090 1,273 12,364 9.2%
Wholesale trade  2,400 86 2,486 1.8%
Retail trade  6,266 4,311 10,577 7.8%
Accommodation and food services  5,758 4,081 9,839 7.3%
Transport, postal and warehousing  5,074798 5,873 4.4%
Information media and telecommunications  1,232 679 1,911 1.4%
Financial and insurance services  1,216 211 1,426 1.1%
Rental, hiring and real estate services  1,700 229 1,929 1.4%
Professional, scientific and technical services  5,747 1,172 6,919 5.1%
Administrative and support services  3,641 1,632 5,273 3.9%
Public administration and safety  19,310 2,526 21,836 16.2%
Education and training  8,297 2,963 11,260 8.4%
Health care and social assistance  15,492 4,124 19,616 14.5%
Arts and recreation services  3,174 1,044 4,218 3.1%
Other services  5,593 1,485 7,078 5.2%

Caution: Monthly data can be volatile due to the small sample size from which NT data is derived
Source: ABS Cat No 6291.0.55.003

Job vacancies

Northern Territory, numbers (000s)May 19Feb 19May 18 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Total vacancies 4.23.73.913.57.7
Public sector 0.6 0.5 0.5 20.020.0
Private sector 3.7 3.2 3.315.612.1

Source: ABS Cat No 6354.0

Average annual salary by selected occupation

Occupation, value ($000s) 2019 salary range
Information technology  
Team leader 65-85
Desktop support (L2) 55-70
Office support  
Office manager 65-85
Administration assistant (6 - 12 months experience) 45-55
Resources and mining  
Shift supervisor (mineral processing) 95-120
Boiler maker / welder 130-170
Mining engineer 115-160
Mine surveyor 115-145
Construction (building)  
Project manager 110-160
Foreperson 70-110
Leading hand 65-85
Energy  
Power systems engineer 95-140
Solar engineer 105-125
Insurance  
Underwriter (domestic) 51-55
Team leader (sales / service) 55-65
Accounting and finance  
Finance director / chief financial officer 1 120-150
Financial accountant 1 75-95
Internal auditor 65-80
Senior bookkeeper 60-70

1 Business turnover up to $50 million
Source: 2017 Hays Salary Guide

Average weekly earnings

Original data, value ($)
Full time adult total earnings
Nov 18 May 18 Nov 17 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory  1,727 1,812 1,815-4.7-4.9
Males 1,878 2,062 2,057 -8.9 -8.7
Females 1,553 1,521 1,490 2.1 4.2
Australia 1,668 1,651 1,6321.12.2
Males 1,784 1,770 1,754 0.8 1.8
Females 1,478 1,453 1,430 1.7 3.4

Source: ABS Cat No 6302

Median wage and salary income

Value ($)2014-15
Northern Territory 58,037
Darwin City 58,213
Darwin suburbs 59,066
Litchfield 61,533
Palmerston 64,419
Alice Springs 51,889
Barkly 49,615
Daly, Tiwi, West Arnhem 44,170
East Arnhem 61,392
Katherine 52,586

Source: ABS Cat No 6524.0.55.002

Last updated: 08 July 2019

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