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Employment by industry (FTE)

In Cairns, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 10,365 FTE jobs in 2019/20.

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
Cairns2019/202014/15Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,1951.74.01,1341.83.1+61
Mining7151.03.45820.93.7+133
Manufacturing3,4775.07.63,0844.87.9+392
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services7541.11.47791.21.6-25
Construction8,65412.511.16,2089.710.7+2,445
Wholesale Trade2,1823.13.31,8392.93.3+344
Retail Trade6,1598.97.96,83410.79.1-674
Accommodation and Food Services5,5548.05.75,6438.85.6-89
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,1115.95.74,4747.06.0-363
Information Media and Telecommunications7861.11.36191.01.4+167
Financial and Insurance Services2,0212.92.69951.62.5+1,026
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,2961.92.01,4422.32.1-146
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4,1346.07.73,6215.77.8+513
Administrative and Support Services2,5373.73.12,5043.93.1+33
Public Administration and Safety5,0267.26.75,3368.36.9-310
Education and Training5,9178.58.45,3338.37.7+584
Health Care and Social Assistance10,36514.912.69,07514.211.5+1,290
Arts and Recreation Services1,3141.91.51,2261.91.5+88
Other Services3,2164.64.13,2085.04.5+8
Total industries69,413100.0100.063,936100.0100.0+5,477

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions). NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn more

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers in Cairns in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (10,365 people or 14.9%)
  • Construction (8,654 people or 12.5%)
  • Retail Trade (6,159 people or 8.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 25,178 people in total or 36.3% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 12.6% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 11.1% in Construction and 7.9% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Manufacturing (5.0% compared to 7.6%)
  • A larger percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (14.9% compared to 12.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Mining (1.0% compared to 3.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of full-time equivalent local workers employed in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1.7% compared to 4.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of full-time equivalent local workers in Cairns increased by increased by 5,477 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers between 2014/15 and 2019/20 in Cairns were for those employed in:

  • Construction (+2,445 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,290 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+1,026 full-time equivalent local workers)
  • Education and Training (+584 full-time equivalent local workers)

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