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Worker productivity

In Cairns, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services had the highest productivity by industry, generating $338 per hour 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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Worker productivity per hour by industry
Cairns - Constant prices2017/182012/13Change
Industry
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$Queensland $$Queensland $2012/13 to 2017/18
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing149.68146.59139.31137.32+10.38
Mining285.29331.75147.21180.24+138.08
Manufacturing105.99120.08113.31129.30-7.33
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services338.17306.63224.98259.33+113.20
Construction75.83109.62102.17142.14-26.34
Wholesale Trade152.51178.99150.90168.41+1.61
Retail Trade75.2280.7172.7576.72+2.47
Accommodation and Food Services65.0568.5772.0074.10-6.94
Transport, Postal and Warehousing120.73115.69143.13137.34-22.40
Information Media and Telecommunications172.92186.24125.18143.05+47.74
Financial and Insurance Services333.11345.46339.04331.22-5.93
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services220.75245.15147.43172.42+73.32
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services115.02120.96106.19119.74+8.83
Administrative and Support Services142.07153.83119.36133.73+22.71
Public Administration and Safety120.78123.70117.73115.12+3.05
Education and Training86.40100.1889.3799.96-2.97
Health Care and Social Assistance97.6297.7083.9387.59+13.68
Arts and Recreation Services72.7878.0876.5176.61-3.73
Other Services67.0268.7468.6372.40-1.61

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

Worker productivity per hour by industry 2017/18
Worker productivity per hour by industry 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: 146.6% Mining, Queensland: 331.7% Manufacturing, Queensland: 120.1% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 306.6% Construction, Queensland: 109.6% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 179.0% Retail Trade, Queensland: 80.7% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 68.6% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 115.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 186.2% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 345.5% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 245.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 121.0% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 153.8% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 123.7% Education and Training, Queensland: 100.2% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 97.7% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 78.1% Other Services, Queensland: 68.7% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: 149.7% Mining, Cairns: 285.3% Manufacturing, Cairns: 106.0% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: 338.2% Construction, Cairns: 75.8% Wholesale Trade, Cairns: 152.5% Retail Trade, Cairns: 75.2% Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: 65.1% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: 120.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: 172.9% Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: 333.1% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: 220.8% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: 115.0% Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: 142.1% Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: 120.8% Education and Training, Cairns: 86.4% Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: 97.6% Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: 72.8% Other Services, Cairns: 67.0%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in worker productivity per hour by industry, 2012/13 to 2017/18
Change in worker productivity per hour by industry, 2012/13 to 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: +$10.38 Mining, Cairns: +$138.08 Manufacturing, Cairns: -$7.33 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: +$113.20 Construction, Cairns: -$26.34 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: +$1.61 Retail Trade, Cairns: +$2.47 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: -$6.94 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: -$22.40 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: +$47.74 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: -$5.93 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +$73.32 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +$8.83 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +$22.71 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: +$3.05 Education and Training, Cairns: -$2.97 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +$13.68 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: -$3.73 Other Services, Cairns: -$1.61
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 per hour by industry sectors in Cairns in 2017/18 shows the three highest industries were:

  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($338)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($333)
  • Mining ($285)

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland were for $307 in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; $345 in Financial and Insurance Services; and $332 in Mining.

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

  • Higher worker productivity in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($338 compared to $307)
  • Lower worker productivity in Mining ($285 compared to $332)
  • Lower worker productivity in Construction ($76 compared to $110)
  • Lower worker productivity in Wholesale Trade ($153 compared to $179)

Emerging groups

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

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

  • Mining (+$138)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$113)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$73)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+$48)

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