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    (%)Mar 18Feb 18Mar 17Mar-18Feb-18Mar-17
NSW4.94.95.05.04.85.0
VIC5.55.56.15.25.76.2
QLD6.06.06.36.06.26.2
SA5.96.06.75.66.27.1
WA6.46.26.06.96.16.3
TAS6.06.05.86.16.06.0
NT3.94.03.3n/an/an/a
ACT4.14.13.8n/an/an/a
AUS5.65.55.85.55.55.9

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 February 2018, the unemployment rate was 4.4%.Unemployment rate - monthly data chart: Between 2015 and 2018 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 (%)Mar 18Feb 18Mar 17 Monthly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 76.476.2 77.70.3-1.7
Australia 65.7 65.6 64.8 0.11.3

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Total persons employed

Trend data, 000sMar 18Feb 18Mar 17 Monthly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 137,342 136,667 140,4340.5-2.2
Total full-time  107,361 106,947 110,3370.4-2.7
Total part-time  29,98129,720 30,0970.9-0.4

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 -0.5% and 0.8%. In January 2018, monthly employment was at 0.2%.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 hrsMar 18Feb 18Mar 17 Monthly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory 20,38020,287 20,7430.5 -1.8
Australia 1,733,709 1,733,547 1,688,9880.02.6

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Labour underutilisation

Trend dataFeb 18Nov 17Feb 17 Quarterly % change Annual % change
Northern Territory      
Underemployed workers (000's)​ 6.2 6.2 6.90.6-9.0
Underemployment rate (%)​ 4.4 4.4 4.8 0.4-8.0
Labour force underutilisation rate (%)​ 8.98.77.82.413.5
Australia​    
Underemployed workers (000's)​ 1,100.0 1,103.0 1,118.4-0.3-1.6
Underemployment rate (%)​ 8.3 8.4 8.7-1.0-4.6
​Labour force underutilisation rate (%)​ 13.8 13.9 14.4-0.5-4.5

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Employment by sector

  As at February 2018
(annual moving average)
 
Industry sector, original data, numbers Full-time Part-time Total % of total employed
Agriculture, forestry and fishing  1,365244 1,609 1.2%
Mining  4,728964,8253.5%
Manufacturing  3,8176114,4283.3%
Electricity, gas, water and waste services  2,229 152 2,3811.8%
Construction  12,912 1,380 14,292 10.5%
Wholesale trade  1,8541331,987 1.5%
Retail trade  6,810 4,717 11,527 8.5%
Accommodation and food services  4,962 4,3919,3526.9%
Transport, postal and warehousing  6,0651,2847,3495.4%
Information media and telecommunications  1,011275 1,286 0.9%
Financial and insurance services  1,540 260 1,799 1.3%
Rental, hiring and real estate services  1,952473 2,425 1.8%
Professional, scientific and technical services  5,687 1,1976,883 5.1%
Administrative and support services  2,4572,137 4,594 3.4%
Public administration and safety  16,405 2,00618,411 13.5%
Education and training  9,656 3,514 13,170 9.7%
Health care and social assistance  15,627 4,54120,168 14.8%
Arts and recreation services  2,453 1,310 3,762 2.8%
Other services  4,466 1,3175,783 4.3%

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 18Nov 17Feb 17 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Total vacancies 3.73.32.912.127.6
Public sector 0.5 0.5 0.60.0-16.7
Private sector 3.22.82.314.339.1

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 Guide

Average weekly earnings

Original data, value ($)
Full time adult total earnings
Nov 17May 17Nov 16 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory  1,815 1,765 1,7922.81.3
Males 2,0571,9992,0342.91.1
Females 1,490 1,462 1,4481.92.9
Australia 1,632 1,606 1,5961.72.3
Males 1,754 1,726 1,7201.62.0
Females 1,430 1,406 1,390 1.72.9

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 May 2018