Resident workers - Industry

Health Care and Social Assistance employs more of Cairns's resident workforce than any other industry sector.

Industry sector data identifies the industries in which the residents of an area work either within the residing area or elsewhere. Comparing the industry sectors in which Cairns residents are employed in the industry sectors that are located in Cairns, indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents, or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Industry sector statistics in Cairns are influenced by a range of factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available within commuting distance;
  • The educational levels of the local population; and
  • The working and social aspirations of the local population.

Industry sector data should be viewed in conjunction with Residents place of work.

Data source

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

Current benchmark:
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Resident workers industry of employment
Cairns - Persons 20162011Change
Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing1,1761.62.81,1191.42.6+57
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services6660.91.18161.01.1-150
Wholesale Trade1,7062.42.62,2692.83.4-563
Retail Trade7,68510.69.98,75211.010.0-1,067
Accommodation and Food Services7,26810.07.37,96510.06.5-697
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,5906.35.15,0896.44.9-499
Information Media and Telecommunications5850.81.26880.91.2-103
Financial and Insurance Services1,0871.52.51,2641.62.5-177
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,4582.02.01,5171.91.7-59
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,3874.76.33,6264.56.1-239
Administrative and Support Services3,0984.33.52,8403.63.0+258
Public Administration and Safety5,7948.06.65,9837.56.3-189
Education and Training6,5009.09.05,8277.37.4+673
Health Care and Social Assistance10,44614.413.09,20711.511.2+1,239
Arts and Recreation Services1,4362.01.61,3611.71.3+75
Other Services3,0474.23.93,0203.83.6+27
Industry not classified2,8283.94.31,8592.32.2+969
Total Persons72,399100.0100.074,507100.0100.0-2,108

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the jobs held by the resident workforce in Cairns in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (10,446 people or 14.4%)
  • Retail Trade (7,685 people or 10.6%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (7,268 people or 10.0%)

In combination these three industries employed 25,399 people in total or 35.1% of the total resident workforce.

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 9.9% in Retail Trade and 7.3% in Accommodation and Food Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workforce of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Accommodation and Food Services (10.0% compared to 7.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Manufacturing (3.7% compared to 6.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workforce employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.7% compared to 6.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workforce employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (14.4% compared to 13.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident workforce between 2011 and 2016 in Cairns were for those employed in:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,239 resident workforce)
  • Retail Trade (-1,067 resident workforce)
  • Manufacturing (-1,060 resident workforce)
  • Industry not classified (+969 resident workforce)

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