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Resident workers - Key statistics

24,865 people or 34.3% of Cairns's resident workers have a tertiary qualification.

The local resident workers include all employed people who are resident in the local area regardless of where they work. In other words, it is the people who live locally and therefore have the potential to work locally and is an important resource for the local economy. Their characteristics inform us about the skills that are available locally, even if they are not currently employed in the local economy.

Access the detailed tables for further exploration of each characteristic.

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

Resident workers key statistics - All industry sectors
NameNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Local workers--------------
Total local workers (Census)72,407100.0100.069,200100.0100.0+3,207
Age structure--------------
15 - 24 years9,95113.715.69,98214.416.5-31
25 - 54 years48,07566.465.647,23168.366.4+844
55 - 64 years11,31415.614.89,88514.314.0+1,429
65 years and over3,0664.24.02,1003.03.1+966
Top three industries--------------
Health care and social assistance10,44614.413.08,84912.811.9+1,597
Retail trade7,68510.69.98,19511.810.7-510
Accommodation and food services7,26810.07.36,6569.67.0+612
Top three occupations--------------
Technicians and trades workers10,82615.014.310,98715.914.9-161
Community and personal service workers9,95113.711.38,37912.110.0+1,572
Hours worked--------------
Full time45,18062.462.444,30964.063.9+871
Part time25,86435.735.823,33033.733.9+2,534
Bachelor or higher degree16,29622.525.1----21.5--
Advanced diploma or diploma8,56911.810.9----9.3--
Certificate level20,88128.826.4----24.8--
No qualifications24,35533.635.0----40.6--
Individual Income--------------
Less than $50011,87516.417.7--------
$500 -$1,74949,12867.863.8--------
$1,750 or more10,21114.117.0--------
Method of Travel to Work--------------
Public Transport1,6302.37.01,5742.37.5+56
Walked only2,4023.33.32,5213.63.7-119
Other Characteristics--------------
Born overseas19,28826.625.817,04524.623.7+2,243
Speaks a language other than English at home9,66413.312.37,11110.39.6+2,553
Arrived between 2011 and 9th August 20163,1784.44.7--------

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