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Local workers - Key statistics - All industries

In Cairns 48.1% of the local workers are males and 51.9% are female.

The local workers are made up of all the people who are employed in the local area, regardless of where they live. Local workers statistics reveal how the characteristics of the local workers in Cairns vary between each industry sector and indicates specific industry sector local worker requirements and employment opportunities.

Access the detailed tables for further exploration of each characteristic.

NOTE: All tables in the local workers section are based on Census employment data which differ from the NIEIR employment estimates. See data notes for more details.

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

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Cairns in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

Local workers key statistics - All industries
Cairns20162011Change
NameNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Local workers--------------
Total local workers (Census)67,460100.0100.064,313100.0100.0+3,147
Males32,46148.151.831,65249.253.0+809
Females34,99451.948.232,66150.847.0+2,333
Age structure--------------
15 - 24 years9,54914.215.69,47114.716.5+78
25 - 54 years44,45365.965.643,50967.766.4+944
55 - 64 years10,55915.714.89,36614.614.0+1,193
65 years and over2,8944.34.01,9643.13.1+930
Top three industries--------------
Health care and social assistance10,31115.313.08,73713.611.9+1,574
Retail trade7,62111.39.98,07312.610.7-452
Accommodation and food services7,13010.67.46,54510.27.0+585
Top three occupations--------------
Professionals13,37619.819.911,88118.518.9+1,495
Clerical and administrative workers9,42314.013.79,84915.314.7-426
Community and personal service workers9,41714.011.47,98812.410.0+1,429
Hours worked--------------
Full time41,91362.162.341,07463.963.0+839
Part time24,32736.135.921,82433.933.3+2,503
Qualifications--------------
Bachelor or higher degree15,71823.325.112,68719.721.5+3,031
Advanced diploma or diploma8,13512.110.96,66610.49.3+1,469
Certificate level18,56027.526.316,85226.224.7+1,708
No qualifications22,89933.935.025,13939.140.6-2,240
Individual Income--------------
Less than $50011,24016.717.7--------
$500 -$1,74946,26468.664.0--------
$1,750 or more8,85513.116.7--------
Method of Travel to Work--------------
Car50,96175.569.646,71472.667.5+4,247
Public Transport1,2101.86.91,2812.07.5-71
Bicycle1,2921.91.01,4452.21.1-153
Walked only2,2763.43.32,2843.63.7-8
Other Characteristics--------------
Born overseas18,15926.925.716,03524.923.7+2,124
Speaks a language other than English at home9,19513.612.36,78110.59.6+2,414
Arrived between 2011 and 9th August 20163,0164.54.7--------

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

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