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Worker productivity

In Cairns, Mining had the highest productivity by industry, generating $409,545 per worker in 2019/20.

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. National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Productivity per worker (annual) by industry
Cairns - Constant prices2019/202014/15Change
Industry$Queensland$$Queensland$ 2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing68,81897,832121,013160,914-52,196
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services368,643355,971341,700338,962+26,943
Wholesale Trade143,861163,881146,097164,429-2,235
Retail Trade62,31864,12559,53661,300+2,782
Accommodation and Food Services51,10446,79858,80852,458-7,704
Transport, Postal and Warehousing145,354137,507138,624132,217+6,730
Information Media and Telecommunications109,014144,506108,081121,238+933
Financial and Insurance Services272,853328,292308,458304,065-35,605
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services183,786210,606171,035198,554+12,752
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services104,209111,633100,320112,369+3,889
Administrative and Support Services133,060125,726109,050114,109+24,010
Public Administration and Safety118,702117,559112,615110,392+6,086
Education and Training81,35780,03271,94177,901+9,416
Health Care and Social Assistance84,40184,14372,21471,425+12,187
Arts and Recreation Services60,99759,81561,51159,781-515
Other Services66,57565,90665,07966,172+1,495
Total worker productivity101,289125,17297,188123,701+4,102

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). Data are based on a 2018-19 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

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers in Cairns in 2019/20 shows the three highest industries were:

  • Mining ($409,545)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($368,643)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($272,853)

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland were for $772,466 in Mining; $355,971 in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services and $328,292 in Financial and Insurance Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A lower worker productivity in Construction ($77,426 compared to $108,502)
  • A lower worker productivity in Information Media and Telecommunications ($109,014 compared to $144,506)
  • A lower worker productivity in Financial and Insurance Services ($272,853 compared to $328,292)
  • A lower worker productivity in Mining ($409,545 compared to $772,466)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in Cairns increased by $4,102 between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2014/15 and 2019/20 in Cairns were for those employed in:

  • Mining (+$80,381)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (-$52,196)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (-$35,605)
  • Construction (-$30,486)

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