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Resident workers - Individual income quartiles

In Cairns, the 'medium lowest' quartile is the largest group, comprising 27% of the female resident workers .

Individual Income is an indicator of socio-economic status, skills and occupations required in a particular industry. With other data sources, such as Qualifications and Occupation, it helps to evaluate the economic opportunities of people in an industry.

Income quartiles are used to condense income categories into manageable units, adjust for the effects of inflation, and allow areas to be compared over time relative to a benchmark. The incomes for the state are split into four equal groups, each containing 25% of the local labour force, and the quartiles allow users to compare changes in the local area to changes statewide, or against another benchmark. For more information on how quartiles are calculated please refer to the data notes.

As well as being related to the type of jobs and qualifications required in a particular industry, income levels can be related to the level of part-time employment, Occupation, Qualification and the Age structure of the local resident workers, so the data should be looked at in conjunction with these topics.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

Resident workers individual income quartiles
Cairns- Females20162011Change
Quartile groupNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Lowest group7,93622.425.07,42022.825.0+516
Medium lowest9,48526.825.08,64326.525.0+842
Medium highest9,39126.525.08,85127.225.0+539
Highest group8,63924.425.07,68523.625.0+954

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

Quartile group dollar ranges (Individuals)
Calculated from income data for Queensland Weekly income by Census year
Individual quartile ranges
2016
2011
Lowest group $0 to $520 $0 to $449
Medium lowest $521 to $823 $450 to $728
Medium highest $824 to $1,257 $729 to $1,110
Highest group $1,258 and over $1,111 and over

Resident workers individual income quartiles, 2016
Resident workers individual income quartiles, 2016 Highest group, Queensland : 25.0% Medium highest, Queensland : 25.0% Medium lowest, Queensland : 25.0% Lowest group, Queensland : 25.0% Highest group, Cairns - All industries : 24.4% Medium highest, Cairns - All industries : 26.5% Medium lowest, Cairns - All industries : 26.8% Lowest group, Cairns - All industries : 22.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers individual income quartiles, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers individual income quartiles, 2011 to 2016 Highest group, Cairns - All industries : +954 Medium highest, Cairns - All industries : +539 Medium lowest, Cairns - All industries : +842 Lowest group, Cairns - All industries : +516
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Income quartiles allow us to compare relative income-earning capabilities across time. Analysis of the distribution of the female resident workers by income quartile in Cairns compared to Queensland shows that there was lesser proportion of females in the highest income quartile, as well as a lesser proportion in the lowest income quartile.

Emerging groups

The most significant change for the female resident workers in Cairns between 2011 and 2016 was in the highest quartile which showed an increase of 954 females.

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