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Employment self-sufficiency - Occupation

“In 2011 95.5% of Cairns’s local workers were residents.

Self-sufficiency measures the proportion of local workers in the local area who also live in the Local Government Area or region. It indicates the level at which the resident workers meet the labour requirements of the local industries or businesses.

Self-sufficiency is likely to be higher for regional areas, lower in metropolitan areas and is influenced by:

  • The nature of employment opportunities versus the skills and qualifications of residents;
  • Transport options available and commuting times;
  • Relationship between wages and salaries and house prices in the area; and
  • The geographic size of the area.

Employment self-sufficiency data should be viewed in conjunction with detailed Workers place of residence data to see how far workers are travelling to access employment in the area, as well as Worker productivity and Local workers income and Local workers hours worked data to look at the value of local workers contributions. The Resident workers section will provide the characteristics of resident workers.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Cairns in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

Employment self-sufficiency by occupation
Cairns20162011Change
OccupationTotal local workersLocal workers residing in Cairns% Occupation self- sufficiencyTotal local workersLocal workers residing in Cairns% Occupation self- sufficiency2011 to 2016
Managers7,5377,20395.67,4067,07895.60%
Professionals13,30712,64095.011,78911,23595.3-0.3%
Technicians and Trades Workers9,1288,69195.29,1678,77695.7-0.5%
Community and Personal Service Workers9,3809,05896.67,9217,69397.1-0.6%
Clerical and Administrative Workers9,4029,09796.89,8019,54097.3-0.6%
Sales Workers7,6217,38396.97,3467,20398.1-1.2%
Machinery Operators And Drivers3,3663,18494.63,3523,20195.5-0.9%
Labourers6,3126,05896.05,9435,72696.3-0.4%
Inadequately described or not stated1,0821,04096.11,1371,11397.9-1.8%

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

Employment self-sufficiency by occupation 2016
Employment self-sufficiency by occupation 2016 Labourers, % of occupation self-sufficiency: 96.0% Machinery Operators And Drivers, % of occupation self-sufficiency: 94.6% Sales Workers, % of occupation self-sufficiency: 96.9% Clerical and Administrative Workers, % of occupation self-sufficiency: 96.8% Community and Personal Service Workers, % of occupation self-sufficiency: 96.6% Technicians and Trades Workers, % of occupation self-sufficiency: 95.2% Professionals, % of occupation self-sufficiency: 95.0% Managers, % of occupation self-sufficiency: 95.6% Labourers, Local workers residing locally: 6,058 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Local workers residing locally: 3,184 Sales Workers, Local workers residing locally: 7,383 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Local workers residing locally: 9,097 Community and Personal Service Workers, Local workers residing locally: 9,058 Technicians and Trades Workers, Local workers residing locally: 8,691 Professionals, Local workers residing locally: 12,640 Managers, Local workers residing locally: 7,203 Labourers, Total local workers: 6,312 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Total local workers: 3,366 Sales Workers, Total local workers: 7,621 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Total local workers: 9,402 Community and Personal Service Workers, Total local workers: 9,380 Technicians and Trades Workers, Total local workers: 9,128 Professionals, Total local workers: 13,307 Managers, Total local workers: 7,537
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016.
Change in self-sufficiency percentage by occupation, 2011 to 2016
Change in self-sufficiency percentage by occupation, 2011 to 2016 Labourers, Cairns: -0.4% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Cairns: -0.9% Sales Workers, Cairns: -1.2% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Cairns: -0.6% Community and Personal Service Workers, Cairns: -0.6% Technicians and Trades Workers, Cairns: -0.5% Professionals, Cairns: -0.3% Managers, Cairns: 0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016.
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