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Resident workers - Occupations of employment

There are more resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) labourers 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

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Resident workers occupations
Cairns 20162011Change
Occupations
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Managers2789.08.92459.78.7+33
Professionals2467.99.626710.512.3-21
Technicians and Trades Workers2488.08.42048.09.4+44
Community and Personal Service Workers52516.99.538215.18.7+143
Clerical and Administrative Workers38912.516.031712.515.3+72
Sales Workers993.22.7873.43.3+12
Machinery Operators And Drivers963.13.1702.83.1+26
Labourers1,18838.341.093837.038.2+250
Inadequately described or not stated361.20.9261.01.0+10

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

Resident workers occupations, 2016
Resident workers occupations, 2016 Managers, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 8.9% Professionals, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 9.6% Technicians and Trades Workers, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 8.4% Community and Personal Service Workers, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 9.5% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 16.0% Sales Workers, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 2.7% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 3.1% Labourers, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 41.0% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 0.9% Managers, Cairns - Administrative and Support Services: 9.0% Professionals, Cairns - Administrative and Support Services: 7.9% Technicians and Trades Workers, Cairns - Administrative and Support Services: 8.0% Community and Personal Service Workers, Cairns - Administrative and Support Services: 16.9% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Cairns - Administrative and Support Services: 12.5% Sales Workers, Cairns - Administrative and Support Services: 3.2% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Cairns - Administrative and Support Services: 3.1% Labourers, Cairns - Administrative and Support Services: 38.3% Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns - Administrative and Support Services: 1.2%
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 occupations, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers occupations, 2011 to 2016 Managers, Cairns - Administrative and Support Services: +33 Professionals, Cairns - Administrative and Support Services: -21 Technicians and Trades Workers, Cairns - Administrative and Support Services: +44 Community and Personal Service Workers, Cairns - Administrative and Support Services: +143 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Cairns - Administrative and Support Services: +72 Sales Workers, Cairns - Administrative and Support Services: +12 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Cairns - Administrative and Support Services: +26 Labourers, Cairns - Administrative and Support Services: +250 Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns - Administrative and Support Services: +10
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

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) in Cairns in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Labourers (1,188 people or 38.3%)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (525 people or 16.9%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (389 people or 12.5%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 2,102 people in total or 67.7% of the resident workers (Administrative and Support Services).

In comparison, Queensland employed 41.0% in Labourers; 9.5% in Community and Personal Service Workers; and 16.0% in Clerical and Administrative Workers.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (16.9% compared to 9.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) employed as Clerical and Administrative Workers (12.5% compared to 16.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) employed as Labourers (38.3% compared to 41.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) employed as Professionals (7.9% compared to 9.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of people in the resident workers (Administrative and Support Services)] in Cairns increased by 569 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the occupations of the resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) between 2011 and 2016 in Cairns were for those employed as:

  • Labourers (+250 people)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+143 people)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (+72 people)

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