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Worker productivity

In Cairns, Mining had the highest productivity by industry, generating $465,484 per worker in 2018/19.

Worker productivity by industry is calculated by dividing the industry value add by the number of persons employed in that industry. It shows which industries generate the most value add per employee. Some industry sectors, such as retail trade, are not highly productive per worker, but they employ a lot of people. Other industries, such as mining, employ fewer people but generate high levels of productivity. Each plays an important role in the economy.

Worker productivity data should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (FTE), to see the relative size of employment in each industry, and with Local workers income to see how many local workers are actually each in each industry, and with Sources of income data to see whether employment is the main way income is derived.

Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.

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Productivity per worker (annual) by industry
Cairns - Constant prices2018/192013/14Change
Industry
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$Queensland $$Queensland $2013/14 to 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing130,216134,322169,349163,682-39,133
Mining465,484652,136264,921417,347+200,562
Manufacturing112,394118,88794,045121,779+18,348
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services370,410347,106291,856295,706+78,554
Construction79,002110,177117,172161,969-38,170
Wholesale Trade146,983170,549138,921154,733+8,062
Retail Trade54,90757,24557,53458,459-2,627
Accommodation and Food Services51,66548,76454,81549,621-3,150
Transport, Postal and Warehousing134,888133,051136,154126,373-1,266
Information Media and Telecommunications136,552154,558106,874122,230+29,678
Financial and Insurance Services325,248327,550282,394281,567+42,854
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services213,531229,165166,679193,231+46,853
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services111,953124,94497,217110,397+14,736
Administrative and Support Services135,748137,666102,911107,780+32,837
Public Administration and Safety105,827104,305110,459107,727-4,632
Education and Training66,37072,42971,11976,533-4,749
Health Care and Social Assistance80,22479,76364,50263,817+15,722
Arts and Recreation Services66,28364,90961,22660,001+5,057
Other Services68,14769,65559,74460,950+8,403

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id , the population experts.

Data are based on a 2016-17 price base for all years. NIEIR-ID data are inflation adjusted each year to allow direct comparison, and annual data releases adjust previous years’ figures to a new base year.Learn more

Productivity per worker (annual) by industry 2018/19
Productivity per worker (annual) by industry 2018/19 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: $134,322 Mining, Queensland: $652,136 Manufacturing, Queensland: $118,887 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: $347,106 Construction, Queensland: $110,177 Wholesale Trade, Queensland: $170,549 Retail Trade, Queensland: $57,245 Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: $48,764 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: $133,051 Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: $154,558 Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: $327,550 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: $229,165 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: $124,944 Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: $137,666 Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: $104,305 Education and Training, Queensland: $72,429 Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: $79,763 Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: $64,909 Other Services, Queensland: $69,655 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: $130,216 Mining, Cairns: $465,484 Manufacturing, Cairns: $112,394 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: $370,410 Construction, Cairns: $79,002 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: $146,983 Retail Trade, Cairns: $54,907 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: $51,665 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: $134,888 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: $136,552 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: $325,248 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: $213,531 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: $111,953 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: $135,748 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: $105,827 Education and Training, Cairns: $66,370 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: $80,224 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: $66,283 Other Services, Cairns: $68,147
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in productivity per worker (annual) by industry, 2013/14 to 2018/19
Change in productivity per worker (annual) by industry, 2013/14 to 2018/19 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: -$39,133 Mining, Cairns: +$200,562 Manufacturing, Cairns: +$18,348 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: +$78,554 Construction, Cairns: -$38,170 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: +$8,062 Retail Trade, Cairns: -$2,627 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: -$3,150 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: -$1,266 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: +$29,678 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: +$42,854 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +$46,853 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +$14,736 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +$32,837 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: -$4,632 Education and Training, Cairns: -$4,749 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +$15,722 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: +$5,057 Other Services, Cairns: +$8,403
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

An analysis of the worker productivity by industry sectors in Cairns in 2018/19 shows the three highest industries were:

  • Mining ($465,484)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($370,410)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($325,248)

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland were for $652,136 in Mining; $347,106 in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and $327,550 in Financial and Insurance Services.

The major differences between worker productivity by industries in Cairns and Queensland were:

  • Higher worker productivity in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($370,410 compared to $347,106)
  • Lower worker productivity in Mining ($465,484 compared to $652,136)
  • Lower worker productivity in Construction ($79,002 compared to $110,177)
  • Lower worker productivity in Wholesale Trade ($146,983 compared to $170,549)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in Cairns increased by $4,331 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in Cairns were for:

  • Mining (+$200,562)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$78,554)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$46,853)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+$42,854)

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