Australia’s NFP sector tops one million workers, $100 billion in income

Posted on Jul 03, 2014 04:06 PM |

Australia’s NFP sector tops one million workers, $100 billion in income

Social services account for the majority of not for profit jobs Photo: ABC.net.au

Looking for a job or working in the not for profit sector?

A new report for the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has found that non-profits are one of the biggest employers in Australia with over one million people (1,081,900) now employed in the sector.

In 2006, the total number of people employed in the sector was 889,900 people so in the last 6 years there’s been a 21% increase in not for profit jobs.

This is great news for ethical job seekers.

For comparison, the heavily subsidised mining industry only employed a tiny 189,692 people at the end of 2013, which was actually down from 2012 figures.

An Ernst and Young report from earlier this year found that social sector and health jobs were perceived as the most secure in the country. This latest data from the ABS confirms that report, and shows that the trend for growth across all not for profit jobs is strong:

The employment breakdown in the ABS report has social services jobs accounting for about 30% of all jobs in the not for profit sector with education and research not far behind at about 25%.

So, if you’re in need of a job, the stats confirm that social services, education, research and environmental organisations are great places to be looking.

Big contributor, but still not taken seriously

Despite the not for profit sector being a serious player in terms of job creation and economic contribution, the Abbott government and Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews have been all too happy to cut funds and jobs across the sector.

The Community Council of Australia’s Chief Executive David Crosbie says he hopes that this data will change the way government works with not for profits.

“I only hope this data highlighting the economic role played by the charities and the not-for-profit sector leads governments to engage constructively with the sector rather than imposing predetermined agenda’s that suit their narrow political agendas.”

We couldn’t agree more!