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Employment self-containment - Occupation

In 2016, 89.0% of Cairns’s resident workers were employed locally

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Self-containment measures the proportion of resident workers who are employed within the boundaries of the Local Government Area or region. It indicates the propensity of residents to seek employment outside the Local Government Area or region in which they live.

Self containment is likely to be higher for regional areas and, lower in metropolitan areas and is influenced by:

  • The nature of employment opportunities versus the skills and qualifications of residents;
  • Transport options available and commuting times;
  • Relationship between wages and salaries and house prices in the area; and
  • The geographic size of the area.

Employment self-containment data should be viewed in conjunction with detailed Residents place of work data to see where resident workers are accessing employment, along with Jobs to workers ratio data which provides the theoretical number of jobs which could be provided to residents of Cairns in the local area, and is updated annually. The Resident workers section will provide the characteristics of resident workers.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Cairns in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

Employment self-containment by occupation
Cairns20162011Change
OccupationTotal resident workersResident workers employed in Cairns% resident workers employed in CairnsTotal employed residentsResident workers employed in Cairns% resident workers employed in Cairns2011 to 2016
Managers7,8637,20391.67,5337,07894.0-2.4%
Professionals13,89312,64091.011,95911,23593.9-3.0%
Technicians and Trades Workers10,7888,69180.69,7178,77690.3-9.8%
Community and Personal Service Workers9,9049,05891.58,1167,69394.8-3.3%
Clerical and Administrative Workers9,5219,09795.59,8329,54097.0-1.5%
Sales Workers7,7287,38395.57,3817,20397.6-2.1%
Machinery Operators And Drivers4,0403,18478.83,7503,20185.4-6.6%
Labourers7,0816,05885.66,1405,72693.3-7.7%
Inadequately described or not stated1,1641,04089.31,1941,11393.2-3.9%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id , the population experts.

Employment self-containment by occupation 2016
Employment self-containment by occupation 2016 Labourers, % of industry self-containment: 85.6% Machinery Operators And Drivers, % of industry self-containment: 78.8% Sales Workers, % of industry self-containment: 95.5% Clerical and Administrative Workers, % of industry self-containment: 95.5% Community and Personal Service Workers, % of industry self-containment: 91.5% Technicians and Trades Workers, % of industry self-containment: 80.6% Professionals, % of industry self-containment: 91.0% Managers, % of industry self-containment: 91.6% Labourers, Resident workers employed locally: 6,058 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Resident workers employed locally: 3,184 Sales Workers, Resident workers employed locally: 7,383 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Resident workers employed locally: 9,097 Community and Personal Service Workers, Resident workers employed locally: 9,058 Technicians and Trades Workers, Resident workers employed locally: 8,691 Professionals, Resident workers employed locally: 12,640 Managers, Resident workers employed locally: 7,203 Labourers, Total resident workers: 7,081 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Total resident workers: 4,040 Sales Workers, Total resident workers: 7,728 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Total resident workers: 9,521 Community and Personal Service Workers, Total resident workers: 9,904 Technicians and Trades Workers, Total resident workers: 10,788 Professionals, Total resident workers: 13,893 Managers, Total resident workers: 7,863
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016.
Change in self-containment percentage by occupation, 2011 to 2016
Change in self-containment percentage by occupation, 2011 to 2016 Labourers, Cairns: -7.7% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Cairns: -6.6% Sales Workers, Cairns: -2.1% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Cairns: -1.5% Community and Personal Service Workers, Cairns: -3.3% Technicians and Trades Workers, Cairns: -9.8% Professionals, Cairns: -3.0% Managers, Cairns: -2.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016.
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