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Resident workers - Industry

Construction employs more of Cairns’s male 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.

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

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Resident workers industry of employment
Cairns - Males20162011Change
Industry
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing7642.13.66651.93.5+99
Mining9032.53.88692.44.1+34
Manufacturing2,1285.88.62,7607.712.0-632
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services5441.51.76151.71.8-71
Construction5,10914.014.95,26814.814.5-159
Wholesale Trade1,1923.33.41,5434.34.6-351
Retail Trade3,1218.68.03,3759.58.2-254
Accommodation and Food Services3,3329.26.12,9288.25.4+404
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3,2789.07.43,2929.27.5-14
Information Media and Telecommunications3631.01.33581.01.3+5
Financial and Insurance Services3701.02.14241.22.1-54
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services6431.81.86111.71.6+32
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,6564.56.41,6514.66.6+5
Administrative and Support Services1,4774.13.11,2553.52.9+222
Public Administration and Safety3,3089.17.03,3119.37.0-3
Education and Training1,6934.64.71,5354.34.2+158
Health Care and Social Assistance2,3836.55.41,9405.44.7+443
Arts and Recreation Services8012.21.66761.91.3+125
Other Services1,6034.44.01,5914.54.0+12
Industry not classified1,7414.85.21,0392.92.7+702

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

Resident workers industry of employment, 2016
Resident workers industry of employment, 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: 3.6% Mining, Queensland: 3.8% Manufacturing, Queensland: 8.6% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 1.7% Construction, Queensland: 14.9% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 3.4% Retail Trade, Queensland: 8.0% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 6.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 7.4% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 1.3% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 2.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 1.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 6.4% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 3.1% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 7.0% Education and Training, Queensland: 4.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 5.4% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.6% Other Services, Queensland: 4.0% Industry not classified, Queensland: 5.2% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: 2.1% Mining, Cairns: 2.5% Manufacturing, Cairns: 5.8% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: 1.5% Construction, Cairns: 14.0% Wholesale Trade, Cairns: 3.3% Retail Trade, Cairns: 8.6% Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: 9.2% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: 9.0% Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: 1.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: 1.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: 1.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: 4.5% Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: 4.1% Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: 9.1% Education and Training, Cairns: 4.6% Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: 6.5% Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: 2.2% Other Services, Cairns: 4.4% Industry not classified, Cairns: 4.8%
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 industry of employment, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers industry of employment, 2011 to 2016 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: +99 Mining, Cairns: +34 Manufacturing, Cairns: -632 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: -71 Construction, Cairns: -159 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: -351 Retail Trade, Cairns: -254 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: +404 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: -14 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: +5 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: -54 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +32 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +5 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +222 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: -3 Education and Training, Cairns: +158 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +443 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: +125 Other Services, Cairns: +12 Industry not classified, Cairns: +702
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

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

  • Construction (5,109 people or 14.0%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (3,332 people or 9.2%)
  • Public Administration and Safety (3,308 people or 9.1%)

In combination these three industries employed 11,749 people in total or 32.3% of the total male resident workforce.

In comparison, Queensland employed 14.9% in Construction; 6.1% in Accommodation and Food Services; and 7.0% in Public Administration and Safety.

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

  • A larger percentage of male resident workforce employed in Accommodation and Food Services (9.2% compared to 6.1%)
  • A larger percentage of male resident workforce employed in Public Administration and Safety (9.1% compared to 7.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of male resident workforce employed in Manufacturing (5.8% compared to 8.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of male resident workforce employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.5% compared to 6.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Industry not classified (+702 male resident workforce)
  • Manufacturing (-632 male resident workforce)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+443 male resident workforce)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (+404 male resident workforce)

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