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Working hard for the money

20 Nov 2012

Congratulations! If you’re reading this then you’re obviously having a break from work and, according to the latest round of census results, that’s a rarity for Southbank residents.

The results, released in October, reveal that Southbank is well and truly above average when it comes to our contribution to the work force.

Some 73.2 per cent of working Southbank residents are employed full time, compared with 59.2 per cent across Victoria. Somewhat peculiarly, despite this, our unemployment rate is also higher than Victoria’s, 5.8 per cent compared with 5.4 per cent.

We also work longer, with 61.8 per cent of Southbank’s workforce working 40 hours or more per week, compared with 44.9 per cent Victoria-wide.

Further proof that we are hard workers is that of couples, 38.2 per cent are both employed full time – compared with Victoria’s 21 per cent.

In addition only 11.7 per cent of couples don’t work at all, compared to 19 per cent in Victoria.

This statistic backs up previously reported stats from the census that Southbank residents earn almost double the average wage of the rest of the nation.

Despite our prominent arts precinct, the arts industry doesn’t feature in our most-popular industries. While computer systems design and related services (6.7 per cent) is the most popular industry it is very closely followed by cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (6.4 per cent) and legal and accounting services (5.8 per cent).

We are also making use of the close proximity to the CBD with our travelling habits. An incredible 33.8 per cent of residents walk to work. Across Victoria that number is 3.3 per cent.

Only 25.9 per cent travel in cars as the driver, dwarfed by the 61.4 per cent who use that method around Victoria. Trams are also much more popular than trains (16.2 per cent versus 3.7 per cent).

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