Outlook for Tourism Employment: Yasmin King - CEO – SkillsIQ Limited

Tourism Labour and Skills Shortages

In 2015–16, the tourism industry provided jobs for 580,200 workers directly – equivalent to 4.9% of Australia’s total workforce. Tourism’s workforce is larger than that of mining (227,800 workers), agriculture (321,600 workers) and utilities services (144,000 workers)

Employment in the industry is growing rapidly. The tourism workforce has increased by 6,800 since 2014–15, and employs 60,000 more workers than a decade ago.

Direct tourism employment


Tourism Employment - Gender

Employment type

Tourism Employment - Type


Tourism Employment - Industry