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Worker productivity

In Cairns, Mining had the highest productivity by industry, generating $382,694 per worker in 2017/18.

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 prices2017/182012/13Change
Industry
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$Regional QLD $$Regional QLD $2012/13 to 2017/18
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing130,629133,488155,760156,069-25,131
Mining382,694385,112192,156233,639+190,537
Manufacturing113,234119,479101,928111,537+11,306
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services355,838328,360227,986257,198+127,853
Construction72,583102,94494,621133,971-22,038
Wholesale Trade157,312172,629140,774145,245+16,538
Retail Trade56,96957,73656,47755,832+492
Accommodation and Food Services47,45247,27454,32950,761-6,877
Transport, Postal and Warehousing113,044108,938135,323123,356-22,279
Information Media and Telecommunications148,092137,051105,783102,894+42,309
Financial and Insurance Services322,353315,207285,836276,519+36,517
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services198,527198,079148,796160,517+49,731
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services110,005107,76695,41096,502+14,595
Administrative and Support Services112,322104,03596,36590,657+15,957
Public Administration and Safety112,526106,052106,87598,567+5,651
Education and Training57,87661,50967,15568,712-9,279
Health Care and Social Assistance71,51170,66165,89663,389+5,615
Arts and Recreation Services61,12260,39757,34556,879+3,777
Other Services59,56360,83961,59161,273-2,028

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id , the population experts.

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 2017/18
Productivity per worker (annual) by industry 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Regional QLD: $133,488 Mining, Regional QLD: $385,112 Manufacturing, Regional QLD: $119,479 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Regional QLD: $328,360 Construction, Regional QLD: $102,944 Wholesale Trade, Regional QLD: $172,629 Retail Trade, Regional QLD: $57,736 Accommodation and Food Services, Regional QLD: $47,274 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Regional QLD: $108,938 Information Media and Telecommunications, Regional QLD: $137,051 Financial and Insurance Services, Regional QLD: $315,207 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Regional QLD: $198,079 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Regional QLD: $107,766 Administrative and Support Services, Regional QLD: $104,035 Public Administration and Safety, Regional QLD: $106,052 Education and Training, Regional QLD: $61,509 Health Care and Social Assistance, Regional QLD: $70,661 Arts and Recreation Services, Regional QLD: $60,397 Other Services, Regional QLD: $60,839 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: $130,629 Mining, Cairns: $382,694 Manufacturing, Cairns: $113,234 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: $355,838 Construction, Cairns: $72,583 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: $157,312 Retail Trade, Cairns: $56,969 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: $47,452 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: $113,044 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: $148,092 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: $322,353 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: $198,527 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: $110,005 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: $112,322 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: $112,526 Education and Training, Cairns: $57,876 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: $71,511 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: $61,122 Other Services, Cairns: $59,563
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in productivity per worker (annual) by industry, 2012/13 to 2017/18
Change in productivity per worker (annual) by industry, 2012/13 to 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: -$25,131 Mining, Cairns: +$190,537 Manufacturing, Cairns: +$11,306 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: +$127,853 Construction, Cairns: -$22,038 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: +$16,538 Retail Trade, Cairns: +$492 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: -$6,877 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: -$22,279 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: +$42,309 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: +$36,517 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +$49,731 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +$14,595 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +$15,957 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: +$5,651 Education and Training, Cairns: -$9,279 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +$5,615 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: +$3,777 Other Services, Cairns: -$2,028
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
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 2017/18 shows the three highest industries were:

  • Mining ($382,694)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($355,838)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($322,353)

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Regional QLD were for $385,112 in Mining; $328,360 in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and $315,207 in Financial and Insurance Services.

The major differences between worker productivity by industries in Cairns and Regional QLD were:

  • Higher worker productivity in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($355,838 compared to $328,360)
  • Higher worker productivity in Information Media and Telecommunications ($148,092 compared to $137,051)
  • Lower worker productivity in Construction ($72,583 compared to $102,944)
  • Lower worker productivity in Wholesale Trade ($157,312 compared to $172,629)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in Cairns decreased by $465 between 2012/13 and 2017/18.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2012/13 and 2017/18 in Cairns were for:

  • Mining (+$190,537)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$127,853)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$49,731)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+$42,309)

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