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Tourism and hospitality workforce

In 2011, there were 6,245 people who make up the tourism and hospitality workforce in Cairns, of this 57.6% worked full-time and 37.9% worked part-time.

Tourism and hospitality are key industries in many parts of Australia, but it has not been well represented in economic profiles in the past due to the difficulty in defining it.

The tourism and hospitality industries are defined by the ABS not as regular industries but as a set of occupation categories working across a number of industries.

This page presents some key statistics for tourism and hospitality workers in Cairns with comparisons to benchmark areas. Tourism and hospitality data should be viewed in conjunction with the Industry sector analysis page for the accomodation sector, which has modelled estimates of the size of the industry on an annual basis. The Employment locations page will show where accommodation activity is taking place and the Local workers section will reveal the characteristics of accommodation workers.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2006 and 2011 – by place of work
Tourism and hospitality workforce
NameNumber%Queensland %% of total industry in CairnsNumber%Queensland %% of total industry in Cairns2006 to 2011
Tourism workforce------------------
Total workers6,245100.0100.010.86,763100.0100.012.2-518
Age structure------------------
15 to 24 years1,26820.332.715.61,46021.632.116.6-192
25 to 44 years2,98847.838.011.63,36849.838.712.9-380
45 to 54 Years1,18919.016.08.81,22218.117.29.6-33
55 to 64 Years66610.710.87.86299.310.59.3+37
65 years and over1342.12.47.6841.21.77.4+50
Hours worked------------------
Part time2,36437.948.613.72,24733.245.214.9+117
Full time3,59557.646.09.64,14761.349.311.1-552
Bachelor or higher degree72011.510.36.06189.17.86.7+102
Advanced diploma or diploma68711.08.911.16509.67.613.0+37
Certificate level1,46523.521.19.71,55122.919.711.3-86
No qualifications3,06149.055.713.83,53952.359.914.4-478
Born overseas2,43639.031.117.02,35334.825.619.2+83
Birthplace not stated560.91.19.01301.91.811.9-74
Speaks a language other than English1,36821.917.623.31,16217.212.425.1+206
Individual income------------------
Nil to $5992,55640.953.116.0----------
$600 to $1,4993,26652.340.710.1----------
$1500 to $1,9991712.72.53.2----------
$2,000 or more 1632.62.25.1----------
Method of travel to work------------------
Car driver &/or passenger3,91262.656.99.24,14261.255.510.4-230
Public transport2554.19.024.92453.67.724.8+10

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

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