Worker productivity

In Cairns, Mining had the highest productivity by industry, generating $1,058,563 per worker in 2022/23.

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 prices2022/232017/18Change
Industry$Queensland$$Queensland$ 2017/18 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing207,058217,579157,218180,130+49,839
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services306,301313,883338,547333,218-32,245
Wholesale Trade188,805221,322164,954185,652+23,852
Retail Trade73,94573,41765,20667,752+8,739
Accommodation and Food Services62,94959,19461,88254,068+1,067
Transport, Postal and Warehousing161,198159,324179,748163,694-18,550
Information Media and Telecommunications181,550211,236115,261139,812+66,288
Financial and Insurance Services294,199298,843291,447312,003+2,751
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services260,372279,460213,713227,909+46,659
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services116,996133,173123,244137,997-6,248
Administrative and Support Services154,203150,788137,461146,552+16,742
Public Administration and Safety139,247125,611117,238115,434+22,009
Education and Training72,66980,59279,21483,442-6,546
Health Care and Social Assistance76,98183,72779,80681,126-2,824
Arts and Recreation Services69,79672,17063,16160,080+6,634
Other Services82,18078,67774,03372,014+8,147
Total worker productivity111,704144,366111,245148,324+460

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2024. ©2023. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). Data are based on a 2020-21 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 2022/23 shows the three highest industries were:

  • Mining ($1,058,563)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($306,301)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($294,199)

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland were for $1,067,534 in Mining; $313,883 in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services and $298,843 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 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services ($260,372 compared to $279,460)
  • A lower worker productivity in Manufacturing ($112,307 compared to $137,334)
  • A lower worker productivity in Information Media and Telecommunications ($181,550 compared to $211,236)
  • A lower worker productivity in Wholesale Trade ($188,805 compared to $221,322)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in Cairns increased by $460 between 2017/18 and 2022/23.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2017/18 and 2022/23 in Cairns were for those employed in:

  • Mining (-$624,943)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+$66,288)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+$49,839)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$46,659)

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