Labour market

 his 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 (%)Sep 17Aug 17Sep 16Sep 17Aug 17Sep 16
NSW4.84.85.04.64.94.9
VIC6.06.05.86.06.15.8
QLD5.96.06.15.95.76.3
SA5.86.06.75.85.76.8
WA5.65.66.45.75.96.0
TAS5.96.06.65.76.06.5
NT4.13.93.5n/an/an/a
ACT4.44.43.6n/an/an/a
AUS5.55.55.75.55.65.7

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% and the maximum 7.7%; typically the unemployment rate ranges between 3.4% and 5.9%. In September 2017, the unemployment rate was 4.1%.Unemployment rate - monthly data chart: Between 2015 and 2017 the female unemployment rate decreased faster than the male unemployment rate. Since the end of 2016, the female unemployment rate and the male unemployment rate have been the same.

Participation rate

Trend data, percentage (%) Sep 17 Aug 17 Sep 16 Monthly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 73.273.5 74.8 -0.5-2.2
Australia 65.2 65.2 64.6 0.1 1.0

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Total persons employed

Trend data, 000s Sep 17 Aug 17 Sep 16 Monthly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 131,438 132,235 134,682-0.6-2.4
Total full-time  103,779 104,091 107,435 -0.3-3.4
Total part-time  27,65928,144 27,248-1.71.5

 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 -1.3% and the maximum 1.5%; typically employment growth ranges between -0.6% and 0.8%. In September 2017, monthly employment was at -0.6%.Employment growth - YonY 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 hrs Sep 17 Aug 17 Sep 16 Monthly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 19,32519,394 20,574 -0.4 -6.1
Australia 1,714,470 1,711,390 1,666,427 0.22.9

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Labour underutilisation

Trend data Aug 17 May 17 Aug 16 Quarterly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory




Underemployed workers (000's)​ 6.4 6.7 6.7-5.1-4.2
Underemployment rate (%)​ 4.6 4.8 4.8 -4.1-4.5
Labour force underutilisation rate (%)​ 7.8 7.9 8.5 -1.1 -7.5
Australia​


Underemployed workers (000's)​ 1,129.8 1,124.3 1,077.60.54.8
Underemployment rate (%)​ 8.7 8.7 8.5-0.1 2.5
​Labour force underutilisation rate (%)​ 14.2 14.4 14.2-0.90.2

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Employment by sector


As at August 2017
(annual moving average)

Industry sector, original data, numbers Full-time Part-time Total % of total employed
Agriculture, forestry and fishing  1,273 313 1,587 1.2%
Mining  5,576 135 5,711 4.2%
Manufacturing  3,165530 3,695 2.7%
Electricity, gas, water and waste services  2,540 123 2,6632.0%
Construction  13,005 1,240 14,245 10.5%
Wholesale trade  1,967184 2,151 1.6%
Retail trade  7,057 4,832 11,888 8.7%
Accommodation and food services  5,527 4,883 10,410 7.6%
Transport, postal and warehousing  5,605 910 6,515 4.8%
Information media and telecommunications  975 146 1,121 0.8%
Financial and insurance services  1,405 208 1,613 1.2%
Rental, hiring and real estate services  2,074 406 2,480 1.8%
Professional, scientific and technical services  6,179 1,050 7,230 5.3%
Administrative and support services  2,2851,830 4,116 3.0%
Public administration and safety  18,742 2,492 21,234 15.6%
Education and training  9,624 3,490 13,113 9.6%
Health care and social assistance  12,719 4,112 16,831 12.3%
Arts and recreation services  1,914 1,442 3,356 2.5%
Other services  5,015 1,335 6,349 4.7%

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) Aug 17 May 17 Aug 16 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Total vacancies 3.83.12.422.658.3
Public sector 0.4 0.4 0.40.00.0
Private sector 3.4 2.72.125.961.9

Source: ABS Cat No 6354.0

Average annual salary by selected occupation

Occupation, value ($000s) 2017 salary range
Information technology
Team leader 50-80
Desktop support (L2) 50-70
Office support
Office manager 65-75
Administration assistant (6 - 12 months experience) 45-55
Resources and mining
Shift supervisor (mineral processing) 90-140
Boiler maker / welder 90-120
Mining engineer 110-150
Mine surveyor 90-135
Construction (building)
Project manager 120 - 200
Foreperson 75-120
Leading hand 70-95
Energy
Power systems engineer 95-140
Solar engineer 105-125
Insurance
Underwriter (domestic) 50-75
Team leader (sales / service) 60 - 70
Accounting and finance
Finance director / chief financial officer 1 120-150
Financial accountant 1 70-90
Internal auditor 65-80
Senior bookkeeper 60-70

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

Average weekly earnings

Original data, value ($)
Full time adult total earnings
May 17Nov 16 May 16 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory  1,765 1,792 1,720 -1.52.6
Males 1,9992,034 1,932-1.73.5
Females 1,462 1,448 1,4201.0 3.0
Australia 1,606 1,596 1,5730.62.1
Males 1,726 1,720 1,6950.3 1.8
Females 1,406 1,390 1,370 1.12.6

Source: ABS Cat No 6302

Average wage and salary income

Value ($) 2010-11
Northern Territory 54,082
Darwin City 56,553
Darwin suburbs 55,185
Litchfield 57,210
Palmerston 55,491
Alice Springs 49,072
Barkly 48,054
Daly, Tiwi, West Arnhem 55,303
East Arnhem 69,330
Katherine 44,882

Source: ABS Cat No 6524.0.55.002

Last updated: 28 November 2017