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In Cairns, Mining had the highest productivity by industry, generating $399,649 per worker in 2016/17.

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 prices2016/172011/12Change
Industry
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$Queensland $$Queensland $2011/12 to 2016/17
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing140,652146,303174,118146,489-33,466
Mining399,649325,259146,597196,277+253,052
Manufacturing79,878116,657102,912111,245-23,034
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services307,031316,816213,234253,716+93,797
Construction85,539114,78693,087137,079-7,548
Wholesale Trade164,919178,765135,901139,051+29,019
Retail Trade60,24161,56856,86956,466+3,373
Accommodation and Food Services53,06847,96857,21149,575-4,143
Transport, Postal and Warehousing116,662119,409130,804123,817-14,143
Information Media and Telecommunications102,445142,047111,393115,792-8,947
Financial and Insurance Services294,037320,484301,866280,518-7,829
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services179,717201,289140,301158,052+39,416
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services116,022120,56289,430106,857+26,593
Administrative and Support Services103,450108,47190,407104,960+13,042
Public Administration and Safety108,875112,842114,479106,775-5,604
Education and Training64,31072,13072,04074,160-7,730
Health Care and Social Assistance78,48475,70964,39867,264+14,085
Arts and Recreation Services57,92657,19165,92759,729-8,001
Other Services62,83461,01364,89663,443-2,062

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id , the population experts.

Data are based on a 2015-16 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 2016/17
Productivity per worker (annual) by industry 2016/17 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: $146,303 Mining, Queensland: $325,259 Manufacturing, Queensland: $116,657 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: $316,816 Construction, Queensland: $114,786 Wholesale Trade, Queensland: $178,765 Retail Trade, Queensland: $61,568 Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: $47,968 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: $119,409 Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: $142,047 Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: $320,484 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: $201,289 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: $120,562 Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: $108,471 Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: $112,842 Education and Training, Queensland: $72,130 Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: $75,709 Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: $57,191 Other Services, Queensland: $61,013 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: $140,652 Mining, Cairns: $399,649 Manufacturing, Cairns: $79,878 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: $307,031 Construction, Cairns: $85,539 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: $164,919 Retail Trade, Cairns: $60,241 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: $53,068 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: $116,662 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: $102,445 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: $294,037 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: $179,717 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: $116,022 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: $103,450 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: $108,875 Education and Training, Cairns: $64,310 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: $78,484 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: $57,926 Other Services, Cairns: $62,834
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in productivity per worker (annual) by industry, 2011/12 to 2016/17
Change in productivity per worker (annual) by industry, 2011/12 to 2016/17 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: -$33,466 Mining, Cairns: +$253,052 Manufacturing, Cairns: -$23,034 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: +$93,797 Construction, Cairns: -$7,548 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: +$29,019 Retail Trade, Cairns: +$3,373 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: -$4,143 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: -$14,143 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: -$8,947 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: -$7,829 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +$39,416 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +$26,593 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +$13,042 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: -$5,604 Education and Training, Cairns: -$7,730 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +$14,085 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: -$8,001 Other Services, Cairns: -$2,062
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
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 2016/17 shows the three highest industries were:

  • Mining ($399,649)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($307,031)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($294,037)

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland were for $325,259 in Mining; $316,816 in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and $320,484 in Financial and Insurance Services.

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

  • Higher worker productivity in Mining ($399,649 compared to $325,259)
  • Lower worker productivity in Information Media and Telecommunications ($102,445 compared to $142,047)
  • Lower worker productivity in Manufacturing ($79,878 compared to $116,657)
  • Lower worker productivity in Construction ($85,539 compared to $114,786)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in Cairns increased by $1,545 between 2011/12 and 2016/17.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2011/12 and 2016/17 in Cairns were for:

  • Mining (+$253,052)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$93,797)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$39,416)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (-$33,466)

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