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 (%)Aug 19Jul 19Aug 18Aug 19Jul 19Aug 18
NSW 4.5 4.5 4.7 4.3 4.44.6
VIC 4.9 4.84.7 4.9 4.84.7
QLD 6.4 6.4 6.16.46.46.3
SA 6.86.65.57.36.95.6
WA 5.85.96.25.85.96.4
TAS 6.6 6.65.96.4 6.05.9
NT 5.15.0 4.3 n/a n/a n/a
ACT 3.5 3.6 3.6 n/a n/a n/a
AUS 5.3 5.2 5.2 5.35.2 5.3

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 August 2019, the unemployment rate was 5.1 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 (%)Aug 19Jul 19Aug 18 Monthly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 71.9 71.8 74.90.2 -4.0
Australia 66.266.1 65.6 0.1 0.9

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Total persons employed

Trend data, 000sAug 19Jul 19Aug 18 Monthly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 129,469 129,094 135,7330.3-4.6
Total full-time  99,97199,764 109,0950.2 -8.4
Total part-time  29,498 29,330 26,6380.610.7

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 August 2019, monthly employment rate increased to 0.3 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 hrsAug 19Jul 19Aug 18 Monthly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 18,405 18,568 20,693 -0.9 -11.1
Australia 1,778,475 1,776,858 1,749,481 0.11.7

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Labour underutilisation

Trend dataAug 19Jul 19Apr 19 Quarterly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory      
Underemployed workers (000's)​ 8.18.18.00.01.3
Underemployment rate (%)​ 5.95.95.8-0.41.0
Labour force underutilisation rate (%)​ 11.010.910.50.55.0
Australia​    
Underemployed workers (000's)​ 1,159.4 1,153.1 1,127.50.52.8
Underemployment rate (%)​ 8.5 8.5 8.30.41.9
​Labour force underutilisation rate (%)​ 13.8 13.7 13.50.32.1

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Employment by sector

  As at May 2019
(annual moving average)
 
Industry sector, original data, numbersFull-timePart-timeTotal % of total employed
Agriculture, forestry and fishing  1,682112 1,794 1.4
Mining  3,258173,2742.5
Manufacturing  3,320322 3,642 2.8
Electricity, gas, water and waste services  2,572164 2,736 2.1
Construction  10,171998 11,1698.5
Wholesale trade  2,143166 2,310 1.7
Retail trade  6,162 4,581 10,7448.1
Accommodation and food services  5,6153,986 9,602 7.3
Transport, postal and warehousing  5,032943 5,975 4.5
Information media and telecommunications  1,200684 1,883 1.4
Financial and insurance services  1,159 265 1,425 1.1
Rental, hiring and real estate services  1,8543342,188 1.7
Professional, scientific and technical services  5,693 1,113 6,806 5.1
Administrative and support services  4,272 1,9976,2694.7
Public administration and safety  18,235 2,840 21,07515.9
Education and training  8,333 2,953 11,287 8.5
Health care and social assistance  15,125 4,125 19,249 14.6
Arts and recreation services  3,028 1,116 4,143 3.1
Other services  5,296 1,3116,607 5.0

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, original data, numbers (000s)Aug 19May 19Aug 18 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Total vacancies 4.44.23.74.818.9
Public sector 0.7 0.6 0.416.775.0
Private sector 3.7 3.7 3.30.012.1

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: 11 October 2019

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