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Employment by industry (FTE)

In Cairns, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 9,820 FTE jobs in 2018/19.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) employment is modelled by NIEIR and takes into account differences in hours worked between industry sectors. It is a measure that allows direct comparison of employment between industries in Cairns.

Typically, industries such as Retail Trade and Accommodation and Food Services, which employ many part-time workers, have lower FTE employment than total employment.

FTE employment is calculated directly by dividing the total hours worked in each industry by 38. By comparing the number of full-time equivalent jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of Cairns's economy. This can be done by directly comparing the area to its benchmark, or by using a location quotient to look at the relative size of industries.

FTE employment should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (Census), for a full understanding of the industry breakdown in the area. Worker productivity data shows the value of a worker in each industry to the local economy. Employment locations shows where employment is taking place in each industry sector.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note: FTE employment is derived from Census data but has been corrected for the known undercount of employment in the Census. Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in thespecific topic notes section.
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Full-time equivalent employment by industry sector
Cairns2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,1711.73.41,0721.73.1+99
Mining6871.03.37741.24.1-87
Manufacturing3,8095.57.53,3245.18.1+485
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services8831.31.58181.31.6+65
Construction9,26013.411.15,9649.211.3+3,296
Wholesale Trade2,0192.93.41,9503.03.5+69
Retail Trade6,0838.88.37,17211.19.3-1,089
Accommodation and Food Services6,0678.85.95,6128.75.3+455
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,3726.36.05,0057.76.0-634
Information Media and Telecommunications6691.01.46421.01.5+27
Financial and Insurance Services1,5622.32.79471.52.4+615
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,7152.52.01,4532.22.2+261
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,4164.97.13,5965.67.5-180
Administrative and Support Services2,2893.33.22,5153.93.1-227
Public Administration and Safety5,3077.76.75,4858.56.9-178
Education and Training5,0857.48.25,0427.87.2+43
Health Care and Social Assistance9,82014.212.48,87613.711.0+945
Arts and Recreation Services1,4822.11.61,1351.81.4+347
Other Services3,4134.94.23,2185.04.5+195
Total industries69,110100.0100.064,602100.0100.0+4,508

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts. NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers in Cairns in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (9,820 people or 14.2%)
  • Construction (9,260 people or 13.4%)
  • Retail Trade (6,083 people or 8.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 25,163 people in total or 36.4% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 12.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 11.1% in Construction and 8.3% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (8.8% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Mining (1.0% compared to 3.3%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Construction (13.4% compared to 11.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.9% compared to 7.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in Cairns increased by increased by 4,508 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in Cairns were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+3,296 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+945 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+615 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Manufacturing (+485 full-time equivalent local workers)

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