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 (%)Jun 17May 17Jun 16Jun 17May-17Jun-16
NSW4.84.85.14.84.85.2
VIC6.06.05.75.96.05.7
QLD6.36.46.36.56.16.4
SA7.06.96.86.66.97.3
WA5.65.76.05.65.55.9
TAS5.85.86.55.66.16.6
NT3.13.23.7nanana
ACT4.44.23.6nanana
AUS5.65.75.75.65.65.7

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Unemployment rate range, minimum / maximum and current value

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.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 (%) May 17 Apr 17 May 16 Monthly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 77.7 77.8 74.6 -0.2 4.1
Australia 64.8 64.8 64.8 0.1 0.0

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Total persons employed

Trend data, 000s May 17 Apr 17 May 16 Monthly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 140,535 140,516 133,611 0.0 5.2
Total full-time  108,091 108,889 108,015 -0.7 0.1
Total part-time  32,444 31,627 25,596 2.6 26.8

 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 -1.1% and the maximum 1.5%; typically employment growth ranges between -0.5% and 0.8%. In March 2017, monthly employment increased 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 May 17 Apr 17 May 16 Monthly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 20,323 20,471 20,345 -0.7 -0.1
Australia 1,677,746 1,674,806 1,652,726 0.2 1.5

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Labour underutilisation

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




Underemployed workers (000's)​ 6.9 6.7 6.6 3.6 4.8
Underemployment rate (%)​ 4.8 4.7 4.8 2.9 1.0
Labour force underutilisation rate (%)​ 7.7 7.9 8.7 -1.6 -11.1
Australia​


Underemployed workers (000's)​ 1,129.6 1,114.2 1,065.5 1.4 6.0
Underemployment rate (%)​ 8.8 8.7 8.4 1.1 4.6
​Labour force underutilisation rate (%)​ 14.5 14.5 14.1 0.4 2.9

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Employment by sector


As at May 2017
(annual moving average)

Industry sector, original data, numbers Full-time Part-time Total % of total employment
Agriculture, forestry and fishing  1,610 347 1,957 1.44%
Mining  5,533 114 5,647 4.15%
Manufacturing  3,132 428 3,560 2.62%
Electricity, gas, water and waste services  2,525 186 2,711 1.99%
Construction  12,815 1,329 14,144 10.39%
Wholesale trade  2,078 256 2,334 1.71%
Retail trade  7,235 4,479 11,714 8.61%
Accommodation and food services  5,385 4,874 10,259 7.54%
Transport, postal and warehousing  5,675 744 6,419 4.72%
Information media and telecommunications  1,087 124 1,211 0.89%
Financial and insurance services  1,383 233 1,615 1.19%
Rental, hiring and real estate services  2,034 370 2,404 1.77%
Professional, scientific and technical services  6,377 1,050 7,428 5.46%
Administrative and support services  2,344 2,016 4,360 3.20%
Public administration and safety  19,490 2,791 22,281 16.37%
Education and training  9,107 3,414 12,521 9.20%
Health care and social assistance  11,913 4,235 16,147 11.86%
Arts and recreation services  2,186 1,164 3,349 2.46%
Other services  4,793 1,264 6,057 4.45%

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 17 Feb 17 May 16 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Total vacancies 3.1 2.9 2.3 6.9 34.8
Public sector 0.4 0.6 0.5 -33.3 -20.0
Private sector 2.7 2.3 1.8 17.4 50.0

Source: ABS Cat No 6354.0

Average annual salary by selected occupation

Occupation, value ($000s) 2016 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: 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: 15 August 2017