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 (%) Feb 17 Jan 17 Feb 16 Feb 17   Jan 17Feb 16
NSW 5.2 5.1 5.2 5.2 5.1 5.2
VIC 6.0 6.0 5.9 6.1 5.8 5.9
QLD 6.4 6.3 6.1 6.7 6.3 5.5
SA 6.6 6.6 7.1 6.6 6.4 7.5
WA 6.4 6.4 5.8 6.0 6.4 6.0
TAS 5.8 5.9 6.7 5.8 5.6 6.9
NT 3.5 3.6 4.3 N/A N/A N/A
ACT 3.8 3.8 4.4 N/A N/A N/A
AUST 5.8 5.8 5.8 5.9 5.7 5.7

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 7.6%; typically the unemployment rate ranges between 3.5% and 7.6%. In February 2017, the unemployment rate was 3.5%.Unemployment rate - monthly data chart: Between 2015 and 2016 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 (%) Feb 17 Jan 17 Feb 16 Monthly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 78.177.5 74.0 0.7 5.5
Australia 64.6 64.6 65.0 0.0 -0.6

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Total persons employed

Trend data, 000s Feb 17 Jan 17 Feb 16 Monthly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 140,604 139,495 131,624 0.8 6.8
Total full-time  111,236 110,645 106,724 0.5 4.2
Total part-time  29,368 28,850 24,900 1.8 17.9

 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% and the maximum 1.5%; typically employment growth ranges between -0.5% and 0.8%. In February 2017, monthly employment increased 0.8%.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 Feb 17 Jan 17 Feb 16 Monthly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 20,830 20,753 20,186 0.4 3.2
Australia 1,671,491 1,670,242 1,657,260 0.1 0.9

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Labour underutilisation

Trend data Feb 17 Nov 16 Feb 16 Quarterly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory




Underemployed workers (000's)​ 6.9 6.7 7.0 3.3 -0.4
Underemployment rate (%)​ 4.8 4.7 5.0 1.5 -4.7
Labour force underutilisation rate (%)​ 8.0 8.1 9.2 -1.9 -12.8
Australia​


Underemployed workers (000's)​ 1,098.5 1,090.9 1,063.6 0.7 3.3
Underemployment rate (%)​ 8.6 8.6 8.4 0.4 2.1
​Labour force underutilisation rate (%)​ 14.4 14.3 14.2 0.8 1.6

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Employment by sector


As at February 2017
(annual moving average)

Industry sector, original data, numbers Full-time Part-time Total % of total employment
Agriculture, forestry and fishing  1,483 354 1,837 1.35%
Mining  6,217 97 6,314 4.63%
Manufacturing  2,995 421 3,416 2.51%
Electricity, gas, water and waste services  2,386 157 2,544 1.87%
Construction  12,503 1,505 14,008 10.28%
Wholesale trade  2,498 327 2,826 2.07%
Retail trade  6,875 4,666 11,540 8.47%
Accommodation and food services  5,729 4,531 10,260 7.53%
Transport, postal and warehousing  5,830 727 6,557 4.81%
Information media and telecommunications  997 129 1,126 0.83%
Financial and insurance services  1,415210 1,625 1.19%
Rental, hiring and real estate services  2,156 375 2,530 1.86%
Professional, scientific and technical services  6,099 960 7,059 5.18%
Administrative and support services  2,173 1,443 3,617 2.65%
Public administration and safety  20,595 2,774 23,370 17.15%
Education and training  8,577 2,855 11,433 8.39%
Health care and social assistance  12,099 4,396 16,495 12.11%
Arts and recreation services  2,396 975 3,371 2.47%
Other services  5,065 1,264 6,328 4.64%

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) Feb 17 Nov 16 Feb 15 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Total vacancies 2.9 2.7 2.6 7.4 11.5
Public sector 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.0 20.0
Private sector 2.3 2.2 2.0 4.5 15.0

Source: ABS Cat No 6354.0

Average annual salary by selected occupation

Occupation, value ($000s) 2015 salary range
Information technology
Team leader 50-80
Desktop support (L2) 50-70
Office support
Office manager 60-65
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 80-140
Foreperson 75-120
Leading hand 70-95
Energy
Power systems engineer 95-140
Solar engineer 105-125
Insurance
Underwriter 50-75
Team leader (sales / service) 49-58
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: Hays Recruitment 2015 Salary Survey

Average weekly earnings

Original data, value ($)
Full time adult total earnings
Nov 16 May 16 Nov 15 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory  1,792 1,720 1,640 4.2 9.3
Males 2,034 1,932 1,816 5.3 12.0
Females 1,448 1,420 1,398 2.0 3.6
Australia 1,596 1,573 1,561 1.4 2.2
Males 1,720 1,695 1,689 1.5 1.9
Females 1,390 1,370 1,346 1.5 3.3

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: 13 April 2017