Our workforce

Information about working in the Shire.

Bega Valley offers a wide range of opportunities for innovative employers and active employees.

The Shire has an educated and skilled workforce with qualifications and experience in areas across the primary and service sectors.

The Shire had an unemployment rate of just 3.69 percent in December 2011, compared with 5.3 percent for the entire State of New South Wales.

According to the 2006 Census, the Bega Valley labour force consisted of 13,401 persons.

Of these, 93 percent were employed, with 50.7 percent in full-time work and 35.9 percent in part-time employment.

The remaining 6.5 percent were away from work on the day of the census (e.g. sick or on maternity leave).

The occupational classifications of Managers and Technicians & Trade Workers accounted for one third of the local work force, at 16.4 percent and 15.3 percent respectively.

These figures were both above the Australian averages of 13.2 percent and 14.4 percent. Professionals made up 14.7 percent of workers, which is notably lower than the national benchmark of 19.8 percent.

Another 14.7 percent of workers were Labourers, a significantly higher proportion than the Australia-wide figure of 10.5 percent.

Clerical and Administrative Workers comprised 11.3 percent of the workforce, while one in ten employed persons was a Sales Worker.

Community and Personal Service workers accounted for 9.9 percent and Machinery Operators and Drivers represented 6.2 percent, both on par with the national comparators.

As would be expected in regional New South Wales, the employment is diverse with the vast majority of people employed in agriculture, retail, tourism and other supporting sectors.

Bega Cheese is the largest employer in the Shire with 693 Bega-based employees.

The second largest employer is the Shire, which benefits from having a diverse source of employment that has seen significant demand for skilled and trained persons.

For more information

For further details on exploring the exciting possibilities in the Bega Valley, please contact us on (02) 6499 2222 or email us at council@begavalley.nsw.gov.au

Alternatively, you may contact us via post at this address:

Economic Development
Bega Valley Shire Council
PO Box 492
Bega 2550 NSW

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