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Local workers - Hours worked - All industries

36.1% of All industries local workers in Cairns are employed part-time and 62.1% are employed full-time.

Hours Worked statistics shows the distribution of employment hours in Cairns across each industry sector. Full-time employment is considered 35-hours and over.

The hours worked by employed people in a particular industry depend on a number of factors:

  • The availability and take-up of part-time work in the industry;
  • The demands of jobs in the industry and requirement to work overtime;
  • The age and family responsibilities of people working in the industry; and
  • The gender profile of workers in the industry (due to family commitments, females are often more likely to work part-time).

Hours Worked data should be viewed in conjunction with Age structure, Occupation and Income.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Select industry:
Current benchmark:
Local workers hours worked, 2016
Cairns - All industries 20162011Change
Hours workedNumber%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2011 - 2016
1 hour - 15 hours6,6659.911.06,1019.510.5+564
16 hours - 24 hours6,0949.09.45,4958.58.9+599
25 hours - 34 hours9,31013.812.07,62011.810.9+1,690
35 hours - 39 hours14,61621.719.313,21720.618.3+1,399
40 hours11,50317.117.210,96017.017.0+543
41 hours - 48 hours6,3469.49.46,52010.110.6-174
49 hours or more9,44814.016.410,37716.118.5-929
Not stated1,2151.81.81,4092.21.5-194
Total Persons67,455100.0100.064,307100.0100.0+3,148

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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Dominant groups

Analysis of the hours worked by the workforce in Cairns in 2016 compared to Queensland within Cairns shows that there was a higher proportion who worked part-time (34 hours or less) and a lower proportion who worked full-time (35 hours or more).

Overall, 36.1% of the workforce worked part-time (34 hours or less) , and 62.1% worked full-time (35 hours or more), compared with 35.9% and 62.3% respectively for Queensland within Cairns.

The major differences between the hours worked by the workforce in Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers who worked 1 hour - 15 hours (9.9% compared to 11.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who worked 25 hours - 34 hours (13.8% compared to 12.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who worked 35 hours - 39 hours (21.7% compared to 19.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who worked 49 hours or more (14.0% compared to 16.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the hours worked by the All industries workforce in Cairns between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • 25 hours - 34 hours (+1,690 local workers)
  • 35 hours - 39 hours (+1,399 local workers)
  • 49 hours or more (-929 local workers)
  • 16 hours - 24 hours (+599 local workers)

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