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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.

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Productivity per worker (annual) by industry
Cairns - Constant prices2019/202014/15Change
Industry
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$Queensland $$Queensland $2014/15 to 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing68,81897,832121,013160,914-52,196
Mining409,545772,466329,165573,068+80,381
Manufacturing114,603123,553108,436133,240+6,167
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services368,643355,971341,700338,962+26,943
Construction77,426108,502107,912153,828-30,486
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

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 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 2019/20
Productivity per worker (annual) by industry 2019/20 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: $97,832 Mining, Queensland: $772,466 Manufacturing, Queensland: $123,553 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: $355,971 Construction, Queensland: $108,502 Wholesale Trade, Queensland: $163,881 Retail Trade, Queensland: $64,125 Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: $46,798 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: $137,507 Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: $144,506 Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: $328,292 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: $210,606 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: $111,633 Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: $125,726 Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: $117,559 Education and Training, Queensland: $80,032 Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: $84,143 Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: $59,815 Other Services, Queensland: $65,906 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: $68,818 Mining, Cairns: $409,545 Manufacturing, Cairns: $114,603 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: $368,643 Construction, Cairns: $77,426 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: $143,861 Retail Trade, Cairns: $62,318 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: $51,104 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: $145,354 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: $109,014 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: $272,853 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: $183,786 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: $104,209 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: $133,060 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: $118,702 Education and Training, Cairns: $81,357 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: $84,401 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: $60,997 Other Services, Cairns: $66,575
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in productivity per worker (annual) by industry, 2014/15 to 2019/20
Change in productivity per worker (annual) by industry, 2014/15 to 2019/20 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: -$52,196 Mining, Cairns: +$80,381 Manufacturing, Cairns: +$6,167 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: +$26,943 Construction, Cairns: -$30,486 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: -$2,235 Retail Trade, Cairns: +$2,782 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: -$7,704 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: +$6,730 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: +$933 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: -$35,605 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +$12,752 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +$3,889 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +$24,010 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: +$6,086 Education and Training, Cairns: +$9,416 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +$12,187 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: -$515 Other Services, Cairns: +$1,495
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021
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 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 worker productivity by industries in Cairns and Queensland were:

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

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:

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

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