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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 prices2017/182014/15Change
Industry
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$FNQROC $$FNQROC $2014/15 to 2017/18
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing130,629128,298163,265157,987-32,636
Mining382,694296,824279,315286,257+103,379
Manufacturing113,234114,086105,011104,505+8,223
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services355,838339,420319,402280,016+36,436
Construction72,58382,89594,720108,324-22,137
Wholesale Trade157,312144,418141,357131,282+15,955
Retail Trade56,96956,24657,39456,392-425
Accommodation and Food Services47,45249,50354,06855,001-6,616
Transport, Postal and Warehousing113,044106,653134,165122,739-21,121
Information Media and Telecommunications148,092134,411120,057107,471+28,035
Financial and Insurance Services322,353318,491288,022275,069+34,331
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services198,527197,702164,204160,568+34,323
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services110,005124,42595,892103,383+14,113
Administrative and Support Services112,322107,914100,50595,679+11,817
Public Administration and Safety112,526107,524111,570104,250+956
Education and Training57,87657,48267,98666,121-10,110
Health Care and Social Assistance71,51174,22469,74870,911+1,763
Arts and Recreation Services61,12261,14757,24558,271+3,877
Other Services59,56362,26260,62563,053-1,062

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, FNQROC: $128,298 Mining, FNQROC: $296,824 Manufacturing, FNQROC: $114,086 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, FNQROC: $339,420 Construction, FNQROC: $82,895 Wholesale Trade, FNQROC: $144,418 Retail Trade, FNQROC: $56,246 Accommodation and Food Services, FNQROC: $49,503 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, FNQROC: $106,653 Information Media and Telecommunications, FNQROC: $134,411 Financial and Insurance Services, FNQROC: $318,491 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, FNQROC: $197,702 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, FNQROC: $124,425 Administrative and Support Services, FNQROC: $107,914 Public Administration and Safety, FNQROC: $107,524 Education and Training, FNQROC: $57,482 Health Care and Social Assistance, FNQROC: $74,224 Arts and Recreation Services, FNQROC: $61,147 Other Services, FNQROC: $62,262 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, 2014/15 to 2017/18
Change in productivity per worker (annual) by industry, 2014/15 to 2017/18 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: -$32,636 Mining, Cairns: +$103,379 Manufacturing, Cairns: +$8,223 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: +$36,436 Construction, Cairns: -$22,137 Wholesale Trade, Cairns: +$15,955 Retail Trade, Cairns: -$425 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: -$6,616 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: -$21,121 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: +$28,035 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: +$34,331 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +$34,323 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +$14,113 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +$11,817 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: +$956 Education and Training, Cairns: -$10,110 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +$1,763 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: +$3,877 Other Services, Cairns: -$1,062
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 FNQROC were for $296,824 in Mining; $339,420 in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and $318,491 in Financial and Insurance Services.

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

  • Higher worker productivity in Mining ($382,694 compared to $296,824)
  • Higher worker productivity in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($355,838 compared to $339,420)
  • Higher worker productivity in Information Media and Telecommunications ($148,092 compared to $134,411)
  • Lower worker productivity in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services ($110,005 compared to $124,425)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in Cairns decreased by $2,665 between 2014/15 and 2017/18.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2014/15 and 2017/18 in Cairns were for:

  • Mining (+$103,379)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$36,436)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+$34,331)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$34,323)

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