Places people want to live and work

Our latest research shows that over the past five years more than 50,000 new jobs have been created within the City of Sydney. We've also seen 2,000 new businesses open since 2007.

The Floor Space and Employment Survey is the largest of its kind in Australia, more than 20 City of Sydney representatives spent nine months measuring nearly 700,000 work and other spaces in the city's villages.

The results show that the massive growth in jobs and businesses is not just focused in the city centre. In fact, some of the biggest growth has been in villages.

Pyrmont and Ultimo have seen a 46 per cent growth in jobs. The digital economy is leading this growth, employing an extra 3,023 staff since 2007 - an increase of 252 per cent.

Employment in Surry Hills, Redfern and Moore Park grew by 20 per cent. The area has become Sydney's creative heart with almost one in four workers employed by creative businesses including fashion, photography, design, architecture and film production.

Glebe, Annandale and Camperdown saw a 38 per cent jump in jobs. Hospitality led the way, with restaurant seats increasing 38 per cent, and café seats leaping 72 per cent, since 2007.

There are now 23 per cent more jobs in Haymarket and Chinatown than there was in 2007. This growth has been helped by the 428 new businesses which have opened in the area, as well as 60,000 people who are now employed in the finance sector.

Attracting new businesses and jobs doesn't happen by accident - it takes careful planning and investment.

Rather than taking anything away from the CBD, the City of Villages policy I introduced has increased our local economy by adding vitality and interest to the areas just outside the city centre. This reflects the approach of cities such as New York and London, which have long been celebrated for their distinctive, character-filled village areas.

To attract high-value businesses with good paying jobs, you need to attract employees. The strength of local communities is a key attraction for people choosing where to live, work or visit.

High quality developments close to jobs, shops and transport, efficient transport and safe and attractive ways for people to move around, childcare, stunning community facilities, beautiful parks and open spaces, quirky laneways, small bars, main streets with thriving small businesses - these are all things we've actively pursued over the last ten years.

It's also important that the City is a welcoming, multicultural community where people feel included.

Five years ago, less than 50 per cent of our residents lived and worked in our local area - that figure has now increased to 65 per cent. By creating a city where people come first, we've seen that jobs and new businesses also follow.

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