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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 prices2017/182002/03Change
Industry
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$Queensland $$Queensland $2002/03 to 2017/18
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing130,629133,96674,42289,552+56,207
Mining382,694348,942371,078472,656+11,616
Manufacturing113,234122,05878,39894,266+34,837
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services355,838336,804377,006402,100-21,168
Construction72,583105,92596,969117,977-24,385
Wholesale Trade157,312186,071105,094116,595+52,218
Retail Trade56,96958,49941,73344,589+15,236
Accommodation and Food Services47,45244,20749,36045,610-1,908
Transport, Postal and Warehousing113,044116,77798,791111,989+14,253
Information Media and Telecommunications148,092158,55979,18785,158+68,905
Financial and Insurance Services322,353331,675192,015208,985+130,338
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services198,527206,264118,216145,711+80,311
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services110,005119,50075,06781,356+34,938
Administrative and Support Services112,322112,703100,57799,321+11,745
Public Administration and Safety112,526111,40295,677104,205+16,849
Education and Training57,87664,64868,30678,246-10,430
Health Care and Social Assistance71,51171,40055,23958,710+16,272
Arts and Recreation Services61,12261,00658,54756,881+2,575
Other Services59,56360,77957,88061,976+1,684

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, Queensland: $133,966 Mining, Queensland: $348,942 Manufacturing, Queensland: $122,058 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: $336,804 Construction, Queensland: $105,925 Wholesale Trade, Queensland: $186,071 Retail Trade, Queensland: $58,499 Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: $44,207 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: $116,777 Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: $158,559 Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: $331,675 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: $206,264 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: $119,500 Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: $112,703 Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: $111,402 Education and Training, Queensland: $64,648 Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: $71,400 Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: $61,006 Other Services, Queensland: $60,779 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, 2002/03 to 2017/18
Change in productivity per worker (annual) by industry, 2002/03 to 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: +$56,207 Mining, Cairns: +$11,616 Manufacturing, Cairns: +$34,837 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: -$21,168 Construction, Cairns: -$24,385 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: +$52,218 Retail Trade, Cairns: +$15,236 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: -$1,908 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: +$14,253 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: +$68,905 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: +$130,338 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +$80,311 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +$34,938 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +$11,745 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: +$16,849 Education and Training, Cairns: -$10,430 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +$16,272 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: +$2,575 Other Services, Cairns: +$1,684
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 Queensland were for $348,942 in Mining; $336,804 in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and $331,675 in Financial and Insurance Services.

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

  • Higher worker productivity in Mining ($382,694 compared to $348,942)
  • Higher worker productivity in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($355,838 compared to $336,804)
  • Lower worker productivity in Construction ($72,583 compared to $105,925)
  • Lower worker productivity in Wholesale Trade ($157,312 compared to $186,071)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in Cairns increased by $12,269 between 2002/03 and 2017/18.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2002/03 and 2017/18 in Cairns were for:

  • Financial and Insurance Services (+$130,338)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$80,311)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+$68,905)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+$56,207)

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