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Employment by industry (FTE)

In Cairns, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 8,994 FTE jobs in 2016/17.

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.

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 the specific topic notes section.

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Full-time equivalent employment by industry sector
Cairns2016/172011/12Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011/12 to 2016/17
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,1341.83.01,3132.04.1-179
Mining3680.63.34800.73.6-112
Manufacturing3,1744.97.83,1835.08.6-9
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services6911.11.48071.31.7-116
Construction5,9609.310.76,61610.310.6-656
Wholesale Trade1,7942.83.12,0883.33.7-294
Retail Trade6,69410.49.07,08611.19.3-392
Accommodation and Food Services5,8509.15.96,1139.55.8-262
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,6337.26.45,0057.86.3-372
Information Media and Telecommunications6511.01.46921.11.4-42
Financial and Insurance Services1,1001.72.81,0911.72.6+9
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,5042.32.21,6762.62.4-172
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,7335.87.53,5165.57.0+217
Administrative and Support Services2,6514.13.12,4123.83.1+239
Public Administration and Safety5,6028.77.05,4628.56.9+140
Education and Training5,3018.27.75,0137.87.3+288
Health Care and Social Assistance8,99414.011.77,53011.810.3+1,464
Arts and Recreation Services1,3182.01.61,2602.01.5+59
Other Services3,2785.14.32,7434.33.9+535

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id , the population experts.

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Employment (FTE) 2016/17
Employment (FTE) 2016/17 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: 3.0% Mining, Queensland: 3.3% Manufacturing, Queensland: 7.8% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 1.4% Construction, Queensland: 10.7% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 3.1% Retail Trade, Queensland: 9.0% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 5.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 6.4% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 1.4% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 2.8% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 2.2% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 7.5% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 3.1% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 7.0% Education and Training, Queensland: 7.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 11.7% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.6% Other Services, Queensland: 4.3% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: 1.8% Mining, Cairns: 0.6% Manufacturing, Cairns: 4.9% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: 1.1% Construction, Cairns: 9.3% Wholesale Trade, Cairns: 2.8% Retail Trade, Cairns: 10.4% Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: 9.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: 7.2% Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: 1.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: 1.7% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: 2.3% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: 5.8% Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: 4.1% Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: 8.7% Education and Training, Cairns: 8.2% Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: 14.0% Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: 2.0% Other Services, Cairns: 5.1%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in employment (FTE), 2011/12 to 2016/17
Change in employment (FTE), 2011/12 to 2016/17 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: -179 Mining, Cairns: -112 Manufacturing, Cairns: -9 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: -116 Construction, Cairns: -656 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: -294 Retail Trade, Cairns: -392 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: -262 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: -372 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: -42 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: +9 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: -172 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +217 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +239 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: +140 Education and Training, Cairns: +288 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +1,464 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: +59 Other Services, Cairns: +535
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers in Cairns in 2016/17 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (8,994 full-time equivalent local workers or 14.0%)
  • Retail Trade (6,694 full-time equivalent local workers or 10.4%)
  • Construction (5,960 full-time equivalent local workers or 9.3%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 21,648 people in total or 33.6% of local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 11.7% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.0% in Retail Trade; and 10.7% in Construction.

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 (9.1% compared to 5.9%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (14.0% compared to 11.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Manufacturing (4.9% compared to 7.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Mining (0.6% compared to 3.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the full-time equivalent work in Cairns increased by 346 between 2011/12 and 2016/17.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2011/12 and 2016/17 in Cairns were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,464 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Construction (-656 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Other Services (+535 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Retail Trade (-392 full-time equivalent local workers)

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