Cairns

Worker productivity

In Cairns, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services had the highest productivity by industry, generating $408,688 per worker in 2020/21.

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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Productivity per worker (annual) by industry
Cairns - Constant prices2020/212015/16Change
Industry$Queensland$$Queensland$ 2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing104,644119,965150,394157,079-45,750
Mining259,482500,050378,416574,263-118,934
Manufacturing116,272127,501119,107137,484-2,835
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services408,688363,370337,637359,594+71,051
Construction82,978111,94198,387134,516-15,409
Wholesale Trade149,872169,290133,808158,786+16,064
Retail Trade65,67370,66360,53062,697+5,143
Accommodation and Food Services55,00849,53756,67350,981-1,665
Transport, Postal and Warehousing132,215133,477153,495141,691-21,280
Information Media and Telecommunications77,276143,037115,864126,045-38,587
Financial and Insurance Services243,744277,160314,356306,579-70,612
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services168,083215,290173,209200,159-5,126
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services116,306125,042111,681121,109+4,625
Administrative and Support Services142,903135,269111,874116,228+31,030
Public Administration and Safety123,752122,773119,268116,867+4,484
Education and Training86,71381,81972,92379,685+13,791
Health Care and Social Assistance89,23187,01973,26672,770+15,966
Arts and Recreation Services69,85665,51262,41760,612+7,439
Other Services70,20271,45268,34269,194+1,860
Total worker productivity101,934123,336100,108123,232+1,826

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id 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 2020/21 shows the three highest industries were:

  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($408,688)
  • Mining ($259,482)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($243,744)

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland were for $363,370 in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; $500,050 in Mining and $277,160 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 higher worker productivity in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($408,688 compared to $363,370)
  • A lower worker productivity in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services ($168,083 compared to $215,290)
  • A lower worker productivity in Information Media and Telecommunications ($77,276 compared to $143,037)
  • A lower worker productivity in Mining ($259,482 compared to $500,050)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in Cairns increased by $1,826 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2015/16 and 2020/21 in Cairns were for those employed in:

  • Mining (-$118,934)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$71,051)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (-$70,612)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (-$45,750)

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