95,590 Australians living the outdoor dream – Census

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1/ Media summary from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

2/ Highlights of the Employment in Sport & Recreation findings from data collected in August 2011, released by the ABS on 19th November 2012; and

3/ The ‘data cube’ from the ABS: an Excel spreadsheet with full details of Employment in Sport and Recreation. This data contains

The full ABS census ‘Data Cube’ (Excel spreadsheet) contains comparable data on information Sport and Recreational workers comparable by census, by sex, age, state, indigenous status, industry, industry sector, hours of work and income.

1/ Media summary from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

The number of people working as Outdoor Adventure Instructors in their main job grew 66 per cent between 2006 and 2011, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today.

ABS Director of Culture, Recreation and Migrant Statistics, Andrew Middleton, said today’s Employment in Sport and Recreation publication uses Census data to highlight the number of people in sport and recreation occupations across Australia as well as the nature of those occupations.

“In 2011 there were 1,382 Outdoor Adventure Instructors in Australia compared to 833 in 2006,” Mr Middleton said.

“There was a 65 per cent increase among those who worked as Outdoor Adventure Guides, with 347 in 2011 up from 210 people in 2006.

“The results showed that 95,590 people listed their main job as being in a sport and physical recreation occupation, the majority being male (58 per cent).

“Over 90 per cent of people working in sport and physical recreation occupations were employed within the private sector, and over half (55 per cent) were employed on a part-time basis,” Mr Middleton said.

2/ Highlights from the Employment in Sport & Recreation findings from data collected in August 2011, released by the ABS on 19th November 2012

  • In the 2011 Census 95,590 persons were employed in sport and physical recreation occupations, an increase of 17% compared with the 2006 Census.
  • Of those employed in a sport and physical recreation occupation, the largest numbers were reported for Fitness Instructors (21,514 persons), Greenkeepers (11,345 persons) and Swimming Coaches or Instructors (10,281 persons). Since 2006, the number of Fitness Instructors and Swimming Coaches or Instructors increased by 36% and 26% respectively, while the number of Greenkeepers fell 7%.
  • There were more males (58%) than females (42%) employed in sport and physical recreation occupations. Males strongly dominated the Footballer (99%), Gunsmith and Boat Builder and Repairer occupations (both 98%), as well as the Greenkeeper (97%) and Golfer (95%) occupations. Females predominantly worked as Horse Riding (85%), Gymnastics (81%) and Swimming (76%) Coaches or Instructors.
  • The 20–24 year age group had the largest number of persons (18%) employed in sport and physical recreation occupations, of which 23% were Fitness Instructors.
  • The most common sport occupations held by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons are Greenkeepers (22%), Fitness Instructors (11%), Recreation Officers (9%) and Footballers (8%).
  • Less than half (40%) of persons, whose main job was in a sport and physical recreation occupation, were in employed in a Sport and Physical Recreation industry. Of these people, the most popular industry was Health and Fitness Centres and Gymnasia Operation (27%).
  • The private sector engaged over 90% of persons employed in sport and physical recreation occupations.
  • Just over half (55%) of persons employed in sport and physical recreation occupations worked part-time (i.e. less than 35 hours), with 30% working 15 hours or less.
  • The majority of persons employed as Sport Umpires (96%), Swimming Coaches or Instructors (90%) and Gymnastics Coaches or Instructors (85%) worked part-time. Conversely, the majority of persons employed as Horse Trainers (81%) and Boat Builders and Repairers (80%) worked full-time.
  • In line with the prevalence of part-time work, over half (60%) of persons employed in sport and physical recreation occupations received a total weekly income between $200 and $999, while 20% received $1,000 per week or more and 19% received less than $200 per week.
  • More than 60% of Footballers who reported their main job as being a sport and physical recreation occupation, received a weekly income of $1,000 or higher. In comparison, 86% of Sports Umpires and approximately half of the Hunting Guides and Gymnastics Coaches or Instructors received less than $200 per week.

3/ The ‘data cube’ from the ABS: a comprehensive Excel spreadsheet with full details of Employment in Sport and Recreation. 

The full census data cube contains comparable data on information Sport and Recreational workers comparable by census, by sex, age, state, indigenous status, industry, industry sector, hours of work and income. Download the full spreadsheet of data here.

 

 

 

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