Glebe Point Road

The workforce in the village is dominated by workers in service industries, with food and drink being the largest employer and retail being the third-largest.

This means that worker incomes are below the City of Sydney local area average, but essentially in line with the Metro Sydney average.

Like most villages, a large proportion of the Glebe Point Road workforce also live within the City of Sydney, however workers are more reliant on cars to get to work than most other villages.

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Employment by industry

Table 9 shows the breakdown of employment by city-based industry sector as determined by the 2012 Floor Space and Employment Survey.

This shows that food and drink is the largest sector by employment, as well as the largest by number of businesses.

Other significant sectors in terms of employment include creative industries (13.5%) and retail and personal services (10.5%).

Table 9 – Employment by City-Based Industry Sector, 2012

Employment % of Total Employment
Community 521 5.2%
Creative Industries 1,348 13.4%
Finance and Financial Services 379 3.8%
Food and Drink 1,980 19.7%
Government 292 2.9%
Health 341 3.4%
Higher Education and Research 546 5.4%
ICT 622 6.2%
Life Science (Bio-tech) 154 1.5%
Manufacturing 58 0.6%
Motor Vehicle 244 2.4%
Natural Resource-Based Industries 0 0.0%
Other 32 0.3%
Professional and Business Services 975 9.7%
Property Development and Operation 312 3.1%
Retail and Personal Services 1,056 10.5%
Social Capital 697 6.9%
Tourist, Cultural and Leisure 393 3.9%
Transport and Logistics 94 0.9%
Utilities 8 0.1%
Total 10,052 100.0%

Source: Floor Space and Employment Survey, 2012 – City of Sydney

Income of workers

The average personal income of village workers is shown in Chart 5, with comparisons to the City of Sydney and Metro Sydney. Due to the high prevalence of service workers in industries such as food and drink and retail, the average income of workers in the village is relatively low compared to the City of Sydney local area average, but more representative of the distribution in Metro Sydney overall.

Chart 5 – Workers' Personal Income (Annual)

Chart 5 – Workers' Personal Income (Annual)

Workers’ place of residence

Chart 6 summarises ABS Journey to Work data, which identifies the council area in which village workers live. As would be expected a large portion of workers (24%) also live in the City of Sydney. Significant portions also come from neighbouring inner western council areas including Marrickville (8%) and Leichhardt (5%).

Chart 6 – Workers’ LGA of Residence (Top 10), 2011

Chart 6 – Workers’ LGA of Residence (Top 10), 2011

Workers’ mode of transport

The Journey to Work data can also be used to show the modes of transport used by workers within the village to get to and from their place of work, shown in Chart 7. This chart shows that village workers are quite reliant on private cars to get to work, with 48% using this mode of transport, however this is still significantly lower than the Metro Sydney average.

Given the distance of the village from a train line, it is unsurprising that a limited number of workers use this mode to get to work, with the level of bus patronage closer to the City of Sydney average. Meanwhile walking is a popular method of travelling to work, with 11% of workers walking to work.

Chart 7 – Worker Mode of Transport

Chart 7 – Worker Mode of Transport

Location of workers

Figure 10 shows the employment density by block across the village. As illustrated in this map, the most dense employment area is the south-western corner of the village, covering part of the suburb of Ultimo. Employment density is also higher running west along Parramatta Road and north along Glebe Point Road.

Figure 10 – Employment Density

Figure 10 – Employment Density

What does this mean for my business?

Local workers are also often a key customer market for many businesses. In Glebe Point Road village, average worker incomes in the village are low to moderate, reflecting the area’s mainly service-based employment profile. The demand for goods and services from this segment is therefore likely to be more focused on mid-range goods and services.

From an employer’s perspective, analysis of the existing village workforce is also useful. The presence of a significant service industry workforce shows that this area already has a strong focus in areas such as retail and food and drink. 


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Last updated: Tuesday, 16 June 2015