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Top Hunter Employers List released

For the fourth consecutive year MAP marketing has researched and published the The Top Hunter Employers List.

Since the previous year two major trends continue to impact on Hunter employment:

  1. The globalisation of enterprises
  2. Reduction in employment levels

According to Maria Charlton, Managing Director, MAP Marketing, “The identification of the Top Employers was extremely challenging because of the globalisation of company structure that made it difficult to isolate and confirm the staff numbers in the Hunter. The Top 10 employers were responsible for employing 52% of the total staff of 70,772.”

Top 10 Hunter Employers 2014

Hunter New England Health 15500
Glencore Coal 4094
RAAF Base Williamtown  3500
University of Newcastle


Catholic Diocese Maitland-Newcastle  2535
Coal and Allied Operations Pty Ltd 2500
Mt Arthur Coal Pty Limited 1800
Arrium Limited (formerly OneSteel)


Ausgrid     1455
Downer Group 1200


The top industry groups as shown below are Manufacturing & Engineering, Mining Services, Health Services and Local, State and Federal Government.

Industry Sectors 2014-2015 No Companies 
Manufacturing & Engineering 16
Mining & Services 15
Health Services 13
Local, State, Federal Government 13
Business Services 12
Finance, Banking & Insurance  7
Agriculture, Farming & Processing  5
Charity & Non Profit 5
Education & Training 5
Media 4
Transport 3
Retail 2
Construction & Services 2
Aged Care 2
Energy 2
Recreation 1
Total Companies  107

The Top Hunter Employers List is published on