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Employment by industry (Total)

In Cairns, Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employer, generating 12,546 local jobs in 2017/18.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in Cairns. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in Cairns regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of 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.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

NOTE: 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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Employment (total) by industry
Cairns2017/182003/04Change
Industry
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2003/04 to 2017/18
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,3931.72.91,1101.94.3+283
Mining2850.32.61530.31.4+132
Manufacturing4,1735.06.53,6086.110.4+564
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services7450.91.15270.91.0+218
Construction8,1919.89.75,92010.08.7+2,272
Wholesale Trade1,8762.22.52,0863.54.3-210
Retail Trade9,52911.410.28,16913.811.8+1,360
Accommodation and Food Services8,64110.47.66,94111.87.2+1,700
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,8885.95.14,4427.55.3+447
Information Media and Telecommunications7500.91.27661.31.8-16
Financial and Insurance Services1,3101.62.51,1852.02.9+126
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,5171.81.91,2802.22.1+236
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,8804.66.32,8114.85.6+1,069
Administrative and Support Services3,7674.53.62,5734.43.4+1,194
Public Administration and Safety6,4257.76.64,3357.36.5+2,090
Education and Training8,1469.89.94,1397.07.8+4,007
Health Care and Social Assistance12,54615.013.95,5189.410.0+7,027
Arts and Recreation Services1,7312.11.71,1071.91.6+624
Other Services3,6724.44.02,3303.94.0+1,342

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018. 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

Employment (total) by industry 2017/18
Employment (total) by industry 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: 2.9% Mining, Queensland: 2.6% Manufacturing, Queensland: 6.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 1.1% Construction, Queensland: 9.7% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 2.5% Retail Trade, Queensland: 10.2% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 7.6% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 5.1% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 1.2% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 2.5% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 1.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 6.3% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 3.6% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 6.6% Education and Training, Queensland: 9.9% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 13.9% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.7% Other Services, Queensland: 4.0% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: 1.7% Mining, Cairns: 0.3% Manufacturing, Cairns: 5.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: 0.9% Construction, Cairns: 9.8% Wholesale Trade, Cairns: 2.2% Retail Trade, Cairns: 11.4% Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: 10.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: 5.9% Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: 0.9% Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: 1.6% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: 1.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: 4.6% Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: 4.5% Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: 7.7% Education and Training, Cairns: 9.8% Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: 15.0% Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: 2.1% Other Services, Cairns: 4.4%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2003/04 to 2017/18
Change in employment (total) by industry, 2003/04 to 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: +283 Mining, Cairns: +132 Manufacturing, Cairns: +564 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: +218 Construction, Cairns: +2,272 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: -210 Retail Trade, Cairns: +1,360 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: +1,700 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: +447 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: -16 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: +126 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +236 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +1,069 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +1,194 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: +2,090 Education and Training, Cairns: +4,007 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +7,027 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: +624 Other Services, Cairns: +1,342
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in Cairns in 2017/18 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (12,546 people or 15.0%)
  • Retail Trade (9,529 people or 11.4%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (8,641 people or 10.4%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 30,715 people in total or 36.8% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.9% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 10.2% in Retail Trade; and 7.6% in Accommodation and Food Services.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in Accommodation and Food Services (10.4% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Mining (0.3% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.6% compared to 6.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in Manufacturing (5.0% compared to 6.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in Cairns increased by 24,466 between 2003/04 and 2017/18.

The largest changes in the jobs held by local workers between 2003/04 and 2017/18 in Cairns were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+7,027 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+4,007 local workers)
  • Construction (+2,272 local workers)
  • Public Administration and Safety (+2,090 local workers)

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