The goal is better alignment of jobs, education and housing opportunities across the three cities. For jobs and education, this means improving access to these opportunities alongside population growth. For housing, this means providing a diversity of housing types that respond to changing community preferences and needs at different life stages.
With much of the data reported in the Pulse in 2019 based on the 2016 Census, we have expanded our analysis with new data:
- Impact of COVID-19 on employment (new)
- Jobs distribution by type in centres and industrial lands (new)
- Internet access (new)
- Online learning (new)
- Vocational and education training (new)
- Aged care and retirement accommodation (new)
- Housing types by household composition and number of bedrooms (new)
- Rental vacancy rates (new)
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting employment across Greater Sydney and the shift towards working from home highlights the importance of digital infrastructure and connectivity.
While the need for jobs, education and services remains, the way these are delivered and accessed is changing.
How the housing market responds to the pandemic may also create opportunities to broaden housing types, tenures and price points, improving housing choice.
The overall distribution of jobs across Greater Sydney and their type of tenure has affected different groups of workers in different ways due to the pandemic. Part time and casual workers, particularly women and young workers (aged 15-24) are impacted the most.
Twice as many women than men work in part-time or casual jobs in Greater Sydney, 40 per cent of the working population compared to 20 per cent of men12. A large proportion of those women work in two industries particularly impacted by the pandemic according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) surveys: retail trade, and accommodation and food services (15 per cent and 11 per cent respectively). Similarly, a 54 per cent of young workers are employed part-time compared to the working age population (25 per cent)13. Figure 2 shows that younger workers are employed in these industries and are also significantly affected.