There are more resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) Community and Personal Service 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.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence
|Resident workers occupations|
|Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Queensland||Number||%||Queensland||2011 - 2016|
|Technicians and Trades Workers||1,010||13.9||12.6||923||13.9||12.8||+87|
|Community and Personal Service Workers||1,712||23.6||27.5||1,544||23.2||26.7||+168|
|Clerical and Administrative Workers||490||6.7||4.5||514||7.7||5.3||-24|
|Machinery Operators And Drivers||117||1.6||2.0||98||1.5||1.5||+19|
|Inadequately described or not stated||52||0.7||0.6||67||1.0||0.9||-15|
An analysis of the jobs held by the resident workers in Cairns in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:
- Community and Personal Service Workers (1,712 people or 23.6%)
- Labourers (1,692 people or 23.3%)
- Managers (1,287 people or 17.7%)
In combination these three occupations accounted for 4,691 people in total or 64.6% of the resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services).
In comparison, Queensland employed 27.5% in Community and Personal Service Workers; 21.1% in Labourers and 16.8% in Managers.
The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) of Cairns and Queensland were:
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (23.6% compared to 27.5%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) employed as Sales Workers (11.0% compared to 13.4%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) employed as Clerical and Administrative Workers (6.7% compared to 4.5%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) employed as Labourers (23.3% compared to 21.1%)
The number of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) in Cairns increased by 608 between 2011 and 2016.
The largest change in the occupations of the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in Cairns were those employed as:
- Community and Personal Service Workers (+168 persons)
- Managers (+146 persons)
- Sales Workers (+141 persons)
- Technicians and Trades Workers (+87 persons)