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Birthplace - Bangladesh
Employment status

In 2011, 10,711 of people born in Bangladesh living in New South Wales were employed, of which 59.4% worked full time and 34.8% part time.

For the overseas-born population, being able to find work and participate in the local economy is a very important step to settling into Australia. High employment can indicate an engaged migrant community, or perhaps a large contingent on work-sponsored visas. A high level of unemployment or low participation rate (the percentage of the population in the labour force) can indicate a community of recent migrants with difficulties adjusting to economic life in Australia, and in some cases with a reliance on government benefits.

Differences in employment status for overseas-born populations may be related to the age and length of time that population has been in Australia, and the reason for migration (e.g. some people migrate specifically for employment, so unemployment would be expected to be low in this case).

Employment data should be looked at in conjunction with Age Structure and Qualifications data for the recent arrivals.

Derived from the Census questions:

  • 'Last week did the person have a full time or part time job of any kind?'
  • 'In which country was the person born?'

  • Total NSW employed persons aged 15 years and over
  • Population born in Bangladesh
Employment status
Birthplace - Bangladesh20112006Change
Employment statusNumberBangladesh %% of total NSW populationNumberBangladesh %% of total NSW population2006 to 2011
Employed10,71190.894.16,61491.794.1+4,097
Employed full-time6,36554.060.23,53549.060.8+2,830
Employed part-time3,72931.628.22,70037.427.2+1,029
Employed, away from work3142.73.61722.43.3+142
Employed, hours not stated3032.62.12072.92.7+96
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)1,0859.25.95998.35.9+486
Looking for full-time work5814.93.52713.83.7+310
Looking for part-time work5044.32.43284.52.2+176

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Labour force status
Birthplace - Bangladesh20112006Change
Labour force statusNumberBangladesh %% of total NSW populationNumberBangladesh %% of total NSW population2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)11,79673.659.77,21373.358.9+4,583
Not in the labour force4,00425.034.62,42924.734.3+1,575
Labour force status not stated2271.45.71952.06.8+32

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Employment status, 2011
Employment status, 2011 Employed, Total New South Wales population: 94.1% Employed full-time, Total New South Wales population: 60.2% Employed part-time, Total New South Wales population: 28.2% Employed, away from work, Total New South Wales population: 3.6% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Total New South Wales population: 5.9% Looking for full-time work, Total New South Wales population: 3.5% Looking for part-time work, Total New South Wales population: 2.4% Employed, Birthplace - Bangladesh: 90.8% Employed full-time, Birthplace - Bangladesh: 54.0% Employed part-time, Birthplace - Bangladesh: 31.6% Employed, away from work, Birthplace - Bangladesh: 2.7% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Birthplace - Bangladesh: 9.2% Looking for full-time work, Birthplace - Bangladesh: 4.9% Looking for part-time work, Birthplace - Bangladesh: 4.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011 Employed, Birhtplace - Bangladesh: +4,097 Employed full-time, Birhtplace - Bangladesh: +2,830 Employed part-time, Birhtplace - Bangladesh: +1,029 Employed, away from work, Birhtplace - Bangladesh: +142 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Birhtplace - Bangladesh: +486 Looking for full-time work, Birhtplace - Bangladesh: +310 Looking for part-time work, Birhtplace - Bangladesh: +176
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

The size of New South Wales'labour force born in Bangladesh in 2011 was 11,796, of which 3,729 were employed part-time and 6,365 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) of those born in Bangladesh in 2011 compared to the New South Wales shows that there was a lower proportion in employment, and a higher proportion unemployed.

The labour force participation rate refers to the proportion of the population aged 15 years and over that was employed or actively looking for work. "The labour force is a fundamental input to domestic production. Its size and composition are therefore crucial factors in economic growth. From the viewpoint of social development, earnings from paid work are a major influence on levels of economic well-being." (Australian Social Trends 1995).

Analysis of the labour force participation rate of the Bangladesh born population shows that in 2011 there was a higher proportion in the labour force (73.6%) compared with the New South Wales total population (59.7%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people employed in New South Wales of Bangladesh born showed an increase of 4,097, and the number unemployed showed an increase of 486. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 4,583 or 63.5%.