24/08/2015 - 15:28

Economic change barely dents biggest employers

24/08/2015 - 15:28

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Western Australia’s top 10 largest private sector employers employ more than 103,200 people between them, about 2,000 fewer than last year, according to BNiQ research.

Economic change barely dents biggest employers
The state's largest employers make up a substantial portion of the workforce.

Western Australia’s top 10 largest private sector employers employ more than 103,200 people between them, about 2,000 fewer than last year, according to BNiQ research.

At that level, around 7 per cent of employed workers in the state work for one of the top 10 companies.

See also: Big trends among biggest employers

Despite some economic upheaval in the past year, there were few changes in the order of the top companies, with Wesfarmers retaining its number one position and Woolworths the silver medallist.

Both increased their staff by a few hundred.

Employment in the top five contracting companies was down around 15 per cent, at 13,109 compared to 15,449 last year.

The largest drops were in NRW Holdings, Downer and Monadelphous Group, who between them shed around 3,400 jobs, according to BNiQ, with NRW replaced in the top five by Kentz.

Jobs were trimmed among the big three miners, too, which were down just less than 3,100, mostly on the back of the South32 spin off.

By comparison, employment in the largest hospitality companies was up marginally, to 30,518, from 28,845 last year.

McDonald’s Australia is the state’s largest hospitality employer, at 8,700, up 200, while Crown Perth was stable.

Business News estimates that Competitive Foods Australia, which owns Hungry Jacks and formerly controlled KFC in Western Australia before selling to Collins Foods in 2014, has about 8,500 staff.

That includes its 43 WA Hungry Jack’s stores.

The state’s two largest non-government healthcare providers increased their employment by around 300 roles between them, to 12,351, or up about 2.9 per cent.

Broadly, however, employment in the healthcare sector was up substantially in the 12 months to May.

This was in part driven by an expansion in not-for-profits, with the 10 largest such organisations now employing 18,350 people, compared to around 16,500 last year.

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