Resident workers - Age structure
In Cairns, there are less younger workers (15 to 44 years) than older workers (45 year and over) in the resident workers (Education and Training).
The Age Structure of the Cairns's resident workers is indicative of the residential role and function of the local area. This includes factors such as when the area was settled; what types of households live there; the level of access the area has to employment, services and facilities; the local dwelling stock characteristics (including cost of housing); local amenity and a range of other factors that attract people to an area.
The age structure of Cairns's resident workers is indicative of the skill-levels and experience that local businesses can draw upon. For example, younger resident workers, while less experienced, are typically more mobile and have higher level skills in use of new technologies.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence
|Resident workers age structure|
|Cairns - Education and Training||2016||2011||Change|
|Ten year age groups (years)||Number||%||Retail Trade%||Number||%||Retail Trade%||2011 to 2016|
|15 to 24 years||416||6.4||28.7||309||5.6||30.0||+107||31001|
|25 to 34 years||1,107||17.0||18.2||962||17.4||17.5||+145||31002|
|35 to 44 years||1,644||25.3||17.6||1,489||26.9||19.6||+155||31003|
|45 to 54 years||1,828||28.1||18.4||1,634||29.5||17.8||+194||31004|
|55 to 64 years||1,225||18.9||12.8||984||17.8||12.4||+241||31005|
|65 years and over||275||4.2||4.3||155||2.8||2.7||+120||31006|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
Analysis of the resident workers (Education and Training) age structure of Cairns in 2016 compared to Retail Trade shows that there was a lower proportion of people in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) as well as a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (45 years and over).
Overall, 48.8% of the resident workers (Education and Training) was aged under 45 years, compared to 64.5% for Retail Trade. 51.2% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 35.5% for Retail Trade.
The major differences between the resident workers (Education and Training) age structure of Cairns and Retail Trade were:
- A larger percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) aged 45 to 54 years (28.1% compared to 18.4%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) aged 35 to 44 years (25.3% compared to 17.6%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) aged 55 to 64 years (18.9% compared to 12.8%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) aged 15 to 24 years (6.4% compared to 28.7%)
From 2011 to 2016, Cairns's resident workers (Education and Training) population increased by 962 people (17.4%). This represents an average annual change of 3.26% per year over the period.
The largest changes in the resident workers (Education and Training) age structure in Cairns between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:
- 55 to 64 years (+241 people)
- 45 to 54 years (+194 people)
- 35 to 44 years (+155 people)
- 25 to 34 years (+145 people)