In Cairns, Mining had the highest productivity by industry, generating $409,545 per worker in 2019/20.
Worker productivity by industry is calculated by dividing the industry value add by the number of persons employed in that industry. It shows which industries generate the most value add per employee. Some industry sectors, such as retail trade, are not highly productive per worker, but they employ a lot of people. Other industries, such as mining, employ fewer people but generate high levels of productivity. Each plays an important role in the economy.
Worker productivity data should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total) and Employment by industry (FTE), to see the relative size of employment in each industry, and with Local workers income to see how many local workers are actually each in each industry, and with Sources of income data to see whether employment is the main way income is derived.
Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series
|Productivity per worker (annual) by industry|
|Cairns - Constant prices||2019/20||2014/15||Change|
|Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)||$||Queensland $||$||Queensland $||2014/15 to 2019/20|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||68,818||97,832||121,013||160,914||P||23000||-52,196|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||368,643||355,971||341,700||338,962||P||23300||+26,943|
|Accommodation and Food Services||51,104||46,798||58,808||52,458||P||23700||-7,704|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||145,354||137,507||138,624||132,217||P||23800||+6,730|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||109,014||144,506||108,081||121,238||P||23900||+933|
|Financial and Insurance Services||272,853||328,292||308,458||304,065||P||24000||-35,605|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||183,786||210,606||171,035||198,554||P||24100||+12,752|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||104,209||111,633||100,320||112,369||P||24200||+3,889|
|Administrative and Support Services||133,060||125,726||109,050||114,109||P||24300||+24,010|
|Public Administration and Safety||118,702||117,559||112,615||110,392||P||24400||+6,086|
|Education and Training||81,357||80,032||71,941||77,901||P||24500||+9,416|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||84,401||84,143||72,214||71,425||P||24600||+12,187|
|Arts and Recreation Services||60,997||59,815||61,511||59,781||P||24700||-515|
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (opens a new window) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (opens a new window)(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
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)
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)