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Resident workers - Industry

Health Care and Social Assistance employs more of Cairns’s female 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 - Females20162011Change
Industry
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4081.12.02360.71.9+172
Mining1460.40.81190.40.9+27
Manufacturing5721.63.37582.34.4-186
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1170.30.51580.50.6-41
Construction7872.22.58472.52.8-60
Wholesale Trade5131.41.86642.02.6-151
Retail Trade4,56812.712.04,82214.413.5-254
Accommodation and Food Services3,93510.98.73,72211.18.7+213
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,3133.62.61,3514.02.7-38
Information Media and Telecommunications2300.61.02870.91.2-57
Financial and Insurance Services7152.03.07752.33.3-60
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services8172.32.27542.32.0+63
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1,7344.86.11,8035.46.4-69
Administrative and Support Services1,6274.54.01,2933.93.6+334
Public Administration and Safety2,4876.96.12,4607.36.4+27
Education and Training4,81313.413.63,99811.912.0+815
Health Care and Social Assistance8,06122.421.26,91420.620.0+1,147
Arts and Recreation Services6401.81.65941.81.4+46
Other Services1,4434.03.81,2583.83.7+185
Industry not classified1,0933.03.36842.02.0+409

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: 2.0% Mining, Queensland: 0.8% Manufacturing, Queensland: 3.3% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 0.5% Construction, Queensland: 2.5% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 1.8% Retail Trade, Queensland: 12.0% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 8.7% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 2.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 1.0% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 3.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 2.2% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 6.1% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 4.0% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 6.1% Education and Training, Queensland: 13.6% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 21.2% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.6% Other Services, Queensland: 3.8% Industry not classified, Queensland: 3.3% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: 1.1% Mining, Cairns: 0.4% Manufacturing, Cairns: 1.6% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: 0.3% Construction, Cairns: 2.2% Wholesale Trade, Cairns: 1.4% Retail Trade, Cairns: 12.7% Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: 10.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: 3.6% Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: 0.6% Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: 2.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: 2.3% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: 4.8% Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: 4.5% Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: 6.9% Education and Training, Cairns: 13.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: 22.4% Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: 1.8% Other Services, Cairns: 4.0% Industry not classified, Cairns: 3.0%
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: +172 Mining, Cairns: +27 Manufacturing, Cairns: -186 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: -41 Construction, Cairns: -60 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: -151 Retail Trade, Cairns: -254 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: +213 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: -38 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: -57 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: -60 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +63 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: -69 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +334 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: +27 Education and Training, Cairns: +815 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +1,147 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: +46 Other Services, Cairns: +185 Industry not classified, Cairns: +409
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 female resident workforce in Cairns in 2016 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (8,061 people or 22.4%)
  • Education and Training (4,813 people or 13.4%)
  • Retail Trade (4,568 people or 12.7%)

In combination these three industries employed 17,442 people in total or 48.4% of the total female resident workforce.

In comparison, Queensland employed 21.2% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 13.6% in Education and Training; and 12.0% in Retail Trade.

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

  • A larger percentage of female resident workforce employed in Accommodation and Food Services (10.9% compared to 8.7%)
  • A larger percentage of female resident workforce employed in Health Care and Social Assistance (22.4% compared to 21.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of female resident workforce employed in Manufacturing (1.6% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of female resident workforce employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (4.8% compared to 6.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,147 female resident workforce)
  • Education and Training (+815 female resident workforce)
  • Industry not classified (+409 female resident workforce)
  • Administrative and Support Services (+334 female resident workforce)

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