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Resident workers - Occupations of employment

There are more resident workers (Manufacturing) Technicians and Trades Workers in Cairns than any other occupation.

Occupations are a key component in evaluating the knowledge, experience and skill-levels that industry can draw upon locally. It should be viewed with other indicators, such as Age structure, Qualifications, and Income for a comprehensive analysis of Cairns's local resident workers.

When comparing the occupations of local resident workers with local workers, Occupation data indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or relies on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Data source

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

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Resident workers occupations
Cairns 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Technicians and Trades Workers1,11641.427.71,45441.229.4-338
Community and Personal Service Workers461.71.0551.60.7-9
Clerical and Administrative Workers2559.510.137910.810.6-124
Sales Workers1947.25.72888.25.5-94
Machinery Operators And Drivers30911.513.641811.913.8-109
Inadequately described or not stated261.01.0581.61.5-32
Total Persons2,698100.0100.03,525100.0100.0-827

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

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident workers in Cairns in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Technicians and Trades Workers (1,116 people or 41.4%)
  • Managers (344 people or 12.8%)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (309 people or 11.5%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 1,769 people in total or 65.6% of the resident workers (Manufacturing).

In comparison, Queensland employed 27.7% in Technicians and Trades Workers; 14.0% in Managers and 13.6% in Machinery Operators And Drivers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers (Manufacturing) of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Manufacturing) employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (41.4% compared to 27.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Manufacturing) employed as Labourers (9.5% compared to 20.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Manufacturing) employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (11.5% compared to 13.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Manufacturing) employed as Sales Workers (7.2% compared to 5.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Manufacturing) in Cairns decreased by 827 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the occupations of the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in Cairns were those employed as:

  • Technicians and Trades Workers (-338 persons)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (-124 persons)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (-109 persons)
  • Sales Workers (-94 persons)

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