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Worker productivity

In Cairns, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services had the highest productivity by industry, generating $350,019 per worker in 2018/19.

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 prices2018/192013/14Change
Industry
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$Queensland $$Queensland $2013/14 to 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing141,251141,943173,463167,486-32,212
Mining342,434592,859178,090351,289+164,344
Manufacturing105,633115,34994,397122,288+11,236
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services350,019325,808298,636302,629+51,383
Construction76,356106,429116,048160,411-39,692
Wholesale Trade138,357150,704140,676156,683-2,319
Retail Trade58,24656,76457,48358,406+764
Accommodation and Food Services50,48947,99054,80149,615-4,312
Transport, Postal and Warehousing118,951112,961156,861146,303-37,910
Information Media and Telecommunications122,996136,293108,183123,707+14,813
Financial and Insurance Services333,126331,473278,326277,541+54,799
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services199,105212,295166,889193,475+32,216
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services107,272119,20297,018110,131+10,254
Administrative and Support Services131,060131,716103,276108,164+27,784
Public Administration and Safety99,17796,716111,150108,402-11,973
Education and Training67,78973,95871,45376,898-3,664
Health Care and Social Assistance77,85977,70065,39464,704+12,464
Arts and Recreation Services62,46658,48561,85360,621+614
Other Services65,98667,38560,41361,630+5,573

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. 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 2018/19
Productivity per worker (annual) by industry 2018/19 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: $141,943 Mining, Queensland: $592,859 Manufacturing, Queensland: $115,349 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: $325,808 Construction, Queensland: $106,429 Wholesale Trade, Queensland: $150,704 Retail Trade, Queensland: $56,764 Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: $47,990 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: $112,961 Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: $136,293 Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: $331,473 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: $212,295 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: $119,202 Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: $131,716 Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: $96,716 Education and Training, Queensland: $73,958 Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: $77,700 Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: $58,485 Other Services, Queensland: $67,385 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: $141,251 Mining, Cairns: $342,434 Manufacturing, Cairns: $105,633 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: $350,019 Construction, Cairns: $76,356 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: $138,357 Retail Trade, Cairns: $58,246 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: $50,489 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: $118,951 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: $122,996 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: $333,126 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: $199,105 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: $107,272 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: $131,060 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: $99,177 Education and Training, Cairns: $67,789 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: $77,859 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: $62,466 Other Services, Cairns: $65,986
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in productivity per worker (annual) by industry, 2013/14 to 2018/19
Change in productivity per worker (annual) by industry, 2013/14 to 2018/19 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: -$32,212 Mining, Cairns: +$164,344 Manufacturing, Cairns: +$11,236 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: +$51,383 Construction, Cairns: -$39,692 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: -$2,319 Retail Trade, Cairns: +$764 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: -$4,312 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: -$37,910 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: +$14,813 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: +$54,799 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +$32,216 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +$10,254 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +$27,784 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: -$11,973 Education and Training, Cairns: -$3,664 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +$12,464 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: +$614 Other Services, Cairns: +$5,573
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019
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 2018/19 shows the three highest industries were:

  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($350,019)
  • Mining ($342,434)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($333,126)

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland were for $325,808 in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; $592,859 in Mining; and $331,473 in Financial and Insurance Services.

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

  • Higher worker productivity in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($350,019 compared to $325,808)
  • Lower worker productivity in Mining ($342,434 compared to $592,859)
  • Lower worker productivity in Construction ($76,356 compared to $106,429)
  • Lower worker productivity in Information Media and Telecommunications ($122,996 compared to $136,293)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in Cairns decreased by $643 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in Cairns were for:

  • Mining (+$164,344)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+$54,799)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$51,383)
  • Construction (-$39,692)

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