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Worker productivity

In Cairns, Mining had the highest productivity by industry, generating $382,694 per worker in 2017/18.

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 prices2017/182012/13Change
Industry
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$Queensland $$Queensland $2012/13 to 2017/18
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing130,651133,993155,760155,601-25,109
Mining382,694348,942192,156211,718+190,538
Manufacturing113,235122,059101,928116,584+11,307
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services355,834336,802227,986265,942+127,848
Construction72,583105,92594,621138,244-22,038
Wholesale Trade157,315186,074140,774152,908+16,540
Retail Trade56,98258,51356,47757,307+505
Accommodation and Food Services47,48144,22954,32948,684-6,848
Transport, Postal and Warehousing113,375117,212135,323134,347-21,948
Information Media and Telecommunications148,092158,559105,783121,424+42,309
Financial and Insurance Services322,354331,676285,836287,336+36,518
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services198,533206,269148,796171,964+49,736
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services110,006119,50195,410109,103+14,595
Administrative and Support Services112,323112,70496,365102,442+15,958
Public Administration and Safety112,527111,403106,875103,330+5,652
Education and Training57,87764,65067,15571,745-9,278
Health Care and Social Assistance71,53471,42265,89664,581+5,638
Arts and Recreation Services61,12261,00557,34557,766+3,777
Other Services59,56360,77961,59162,033-2,028

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018. 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 2017/18
Productivity per worker (annual) by industry 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: $133,993 Mining, Queensland: $348,942 Manufacturing, Queensland: $122,059 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: $336,802 Construction, Queensland: $105,925 Wholesale Trade, Queensland: $186,074 Retail Trade, Queensland: $58,513 Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: $44,229 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: $117,212 Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: $158,559 Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: $331,676 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: $206,269 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: $119,501 Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: $112,704 Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: $111,403 Education and Training, Queensland: $64,650 Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: $71,422 Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: $61,005 Other Services, Queensland: $60,779 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: $130,651 Mining, Cairns: $382,694 Manufacturing, Cairns: $113,235 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: $355,834 Construction, Cairns: $72,583 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: $157,315 Retail Trade, Cairns: $56,982 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: $47,481 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: $113,375 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: $148,092 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: $322,354 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: $198,533 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: $110,006 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: $112,323 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: $112,527 Education and Training, Cairns: $57,877 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: $71,534 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: $61,122 Other Services, Cairns: $59,563
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in productivity per worker (annual) by industry, 2012/13 to 2017/18
Change in productivity per worker (annual) by industry, 2012/13 to 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: -$25,109 Mining, Cairns: +$190,538 Manufacturing, Cairns: +$11,307 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: +$127,848 Construction, Cairns: -$22,038 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: +$16,540 Retail Trade, Cairns: +$505 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: -$6,848 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: -$21,948 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: +$42,309 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: +$36,518 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +$49,736 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +$14,595 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +$15,958 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: +$5,652 Education and Training, Cairns: -$9,278 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +$5,638 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: +$3,777 Other Services, Cairns: -$2,028
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
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 2017/18 shows the three highest industries were:

  • Mining ($382,694)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($355,834)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($322,354)

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland were for $348,942 in Mining; $336,802 in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and $331,676 in Financial and Insurance Services.

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

  • Higher worker productivity in Mining ($382,694 compared to $348,942)
  • Higher worker productivity in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($355,834 compared to $336,802)
  • Lower worker productivity in Construction ($72,583 compared to $105,925)
  • Lower worker productivity in Wholesale Trade ($157,315 compared to $186,074)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in Cairns decreased by $437 between 2012/13 and 2017/18.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2012/13 and 2017/18 in Cairns were for:

  • Mining (+$190,538)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$127,848)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$49,736)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+$42,309)

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