SHOROC State of the Region Report

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Key Indicators

Percentage of jobs within the SHOROC Region that are filled by SHOROC residents: ‘Employment Self – Sufficiency’.

Target (SHOROC Region)

Maintain or increase the current percentage of jobs within the SHOROC Region that are filled by SHOROC residents.

What is the current situation/trend?

off-track Indicator is off-track

A high 76.6 % of available jobs within the SHOROC Region are filled by SHOROC residents, based on the Census Question: “For the main job held last week, what was the person’s workplace address?”. This has reduced since 2006.

Residential(a) location of workers in Shore Regional Organisation of Councils

 

2006

 

2011

 

 

Number

Percent (%)

Number

Percent (%)

Live and work within the SHOROC region

62,758

78.2

64,811

76.6

Live outside, but work within the SHOROC region

17,521

21.8

19,778

23.4

Total jobs/workers in the SHOROC region

80,279

100.0

84,589

100.0

Source: Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011.

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The SHOROC local labour force is an important resource for the local economy. Its characteristics inform us about the skills that are available locally and help identify what types of industry sectors could be further developed within the Region to encourage self-sufficiency.

Click here to view a detailed table that compares available Industry skills of SHOROC’s local labour force with the available jobs within the SHOROC Region by industry.

An analysis of the jobs held by the workforce in SHOROC Region in 2011 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Retail Trade (11,572 people or 13.7%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (10,120 people or 12.0%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (8,684 people or 10.3%)

In combination these three industries employed 30,376 people in total or 35.9% of the total workforce.

Why use this indicator and what does this mean for the overall Health and Wellbeing of the SHOROC Region?

Self-sufficiency measures the proportion of workers in the area who also live in the SHOROC Region. It indicates the level at which the residents meet the labor requirements of the industries or businesses within the SHOROC Region.

Self sufficiency is generally influenced by:

  • The nature of employment opportunities versus the skills and qualifications of residents
  • Transport options available and commuting times
  • Relationship between wages and salaries and house prices in the area
  • The geographic size of the area

Planning for improved employment self-sufficiency, via an increase in the percentage of SHOROC residents living and working within the region, has the benefit of reducing travel distances and subsequently:

  • Increasing opportunities for residents to walk and/or cycle to work (supporting healthy lifestyles and the environment)
  • Reducing excessive use and dependency on automobiles
  • Supporting an improved work life balance due to reduced commuting times
  • Reducing traffic congestion and pressure on public transport provisions
  • Reducing air and water pollution and depletion of natural resources

The challenge facing the SHOROC Region is to provide the required amount of employment in the Region that matches the skill sets and needs of local residents, supporting their ability to work and live within the Region. Affordable housing is also required to, for example enable lower paid service industry employees to work and live within the Region.  This indicator will monitor how the SHOROC Region is performing with respect to maintaining or improving employment self-sufficiency over time.

Updated July 2013