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Tourism and hospitality workforce

In 2016, there were 7,944 people who make up the tourism and hospitality workforce in Cairns, of this 51.7% worked full-time and 48.2% worked part-time or were away from work.

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.

Please note: Due to a change in the occupation classification, Tourism and Hospitality occupation data are currently only available from the 2016 Census.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by place of work
Tourism and hospitality workforce
NameNumber%Queensland %% of total industry in Cairns
Tourism workforce--------
Total workers 7,944100.0100.011.8
Age structure--------
15 to 24 years1,75322.133.018.4
25 to 44 years3,77647.539.313.0
45 to 54 Years1,34917.014.68.8
55 to 64 Years84510.610.18.0
65 years and over2212.82.97.6
Hours worked--------
Worked full-time4,11151.743.39.8
Worked part-time3,44943.451.915.6
Away from work3834.84.811.0
Bachelor or higher degree1,07213.513.56.8
Advanced diploma or diploma1,07013.511.013.2
Certificate level1,95824.622.910.5
No qualifications3,57945.149.815.6
Born overseas3,56444.935.319.6
Birthplace not stated811.01.29.6
Speaks a language other than English2,42430.522.726.4
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander3414.32.410.0
Individual income--------
Less than $5002,09126.337.318.6
$500 -$1,7495,43468.457.611.7
$1,750 or more3204.03.83.6

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

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