2007 FES overview and results

Survey highlights

The 2007 floor space and employment survey (FES) was the largest survey we had completed at the time.

It was undertaken between November 2006 and October 2007.

The 2007 FES fieldwork was completed between November 2006 and October 2007. When comparing the collected data with earlier surveys, the date used to reference the reports, maps, data and analysis refers to the start date of the survey – 2006.

At the time, the results formed the most comprehensive data set of all floor space and employment across the City of Sydney's local area.

Total figures

Within the whole City of Sydney area there were:

  • 26,948 sites
  • 26,089 buildings
  • 19,579 business establishments.

Council boundary changes in 2003 and 2004 tripled the amount of floor space in the City. 

The internal area was 34,153,392m².

An additional 1.13 million square metres of internal floor space were added to the city centre and Ultimo/Pyrmont between 2001 and 2007 representing a 16.3% increase.

In 2007, the City's employment figure was 385,421. Nearly 70% of employment was located in the city centre.

The total number of dwellings in the local area was 93,932 with an estimated resident population of 166,593 and an occupancy rate of 1.77 residents per dwelling at the time of the survey.

There were 18,072 hotel rooms, 3,814 serviced apartments and 3,867 backpacker beds counted in the FES.

Industry

The finance and financial services industry had the greatest number of employees in the local area making up almost almost one-quarter (23.6%) of all employees.

The retail and personal services industry had the greatest number of business establishments across the local area representing 15.7%.

Together with the professional and business services sector and the food and drink sector, they made up nearly half of all business establishments within the City (44.2%).

The tourist, cultural and leisure sector had the greatest business floor space area at 16.8%, which is followed very closely by the transport and logistics sector at 12.6%.

Space usage

Residential space use comprised the largest proportion covering 26.3%.

Office use occupied the second largest proportion at 22%, while common areas make up 12.7% and parking made up 12.5%.

The top 4 space use divisions accounted for almost three-quarters (73.5%) of all internal floor area.

Nearly 83% of all employees in the local area worked in offices, followed by restaurants/eateries (5.8%) and shops/showrooms (5.4%).

The average work space ratio per person for partitioned offices was 15.9m² and for open plan offices it was 13.1m² across the local area.

Visual spatial analysis

When we captured the 2007 FES data, for the first time we used a geographic information system (GIS) to provide a visual spatial analysis of the City's floor space uses.

The GIS database contains information about 26,089 buildings, 19,579 business establishments and 627,000 spatial records that could be examined at any level to provide a point-in-time snapshot of floor space use and employment.

Industry sector reports

A wide range of industries make up the local City of Sydney economy.

The City is interested to understand how each of these industries is represented and their proportion of the total local economy.

The reports available for download below, provide details about specific industries and include maps, graphs and tables on employment, business establishments and internal floor area.

More reports will be added as they become available.

Results summaries

Please refer to these summary notes about the results tables that are available to download below.

Selected totals for City of Sydney

Figures indicate the key totals for the City of Sydney.

Employment, internal floor space and business establishments by industry division

More than one-quarter of employees worked within the finance and financial services industry, however it only occupied 10.3% of the total internal floor space area and accounts for only 8.4% of the total business establishments. Private households, which include houses, apartments and serviced apartments accounted for nearly one-third of all internal floor space.

Employment and internal floor space by space use division

Nearly 83% of all employees were located within office space uses and the office space use division occupies the second largest area of internal floor space. Residential space use occupied more than one-quarter of all internal floor space area.

Floor space and employment summary

Figures indicate the change in floor space and employment across the local area where boundary configurations are consistent across the surveys. The results for 2007 excluded the areas formerly within Leichhardt and South Sydney Council.

Comparison of employment by industry of establishment

Employment within the finance and financial services industry had continually increased since 1996 and accounted for nearly 30% of employees within the city centre and Ultimo/Pyrmont. However, the rate of increase had been slowing since 1996 with the professional and business services industry experiencing the greatest rate of increase over the past 3 surveys.

Comparison of business establishments by industry of establishment

The professional and business services industry had the largest proportion of business establishments throughout central Sydney and the Ultimo/Pyrmont area, making up nearly one-fifth. The retail and personal services industry had the second largest number of business establishments but this had been decreasing since 1996.

Comparison of internal floor space by industry of establishment

The tourist, culture and leisure industry occupied the largest area of internal floor space followed by the finance and financial services industry. The rate of increase in the floor space, however, for the finance and financial services industry had decreased since 1991. The professional and business services floor space nearly doubled in area between 2001 and 2007.

Comparison of employment by space use division

Nearly 87% of employees were located within the office space use division, which had slightly increased when compared with the totals for 1991–2001. Another 10% of employees were located within both the restaurant/eating and shop/showroom space use divisions.

Comparison of internal floors space by space use division

The internal floor area of office space used experienced only a marginal increase since 2001, however office space uses still occupied the greatest area of floor space across all divisions. Common area occupied the second largest proportion of internal floor space, which was consistent with the survey results from 2001, 1996 and 1991.

Selected office space use workspace ratios

Workspace ratios within the city centre and Ultimo/Pyrmont had been decreasing since 1996. Partitioned office spaces had decreased by 2.84m² per person and open plan office space had decreased by 3.98m² per person. Shared office spaces increased by an additional square metre per person.

Floor space and employment survey core

Figures indicate the changes in floor space area and employment for the survey core, which has been continually surveyed since 1976. The rate of change in floor area since 1976 decreased with each survey, while employment changes have fluctuated across the 6 surveys.

Last updated: Friday, 28 February 2014