Local workers - Key statistics - All industries

In Cairns 47.5% of the local workers (All industries) are males and 52.5% are female.

The local workers is 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 workers requirements and employment opportunities.

Access the detailed tables for further exploration of each characteristic.

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

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

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Local workers key statistics - All industries
Namenumber%. Queenslandnumber%. Queensland2016 to 2021
Local workers
Total local workers (Census)74,402100.0100.067,460100.0100.0+6,942
Age structure
15 - 24 years10,68114.415.69,54914.215.6+1,132
25 - 54 years47,46263.864.444,45365.965.6+3,009
55 - 64 years12,41616.715.310,55915.714.8+1,857
65 years and over3,8425.24.72,8944.34.0+948
Top three industries
Health care and social assistance14,13319.015.410,31115.313.0+3,822
Accommodation and food services7,75010.47.27,13010.67.4+620
Retail trade7,58810.29.37,62111.39.9-33
Top three occupations
Community and personal service workers11,36515.312.49,41714.011.4+1,948
Technicians and trades workers10,23013.713.79,17513.614.2+1,055
Hours worked
Full time43,19158.158.941,91362.162.3+1,278
Part time29,96340.339.324,32736.135.9+5,636
Bachelor or higher degree19,97926.929.315,71823.325.1+4,261
Advanced diploma or diploma9,28412.511.38,13512.110.9+1,149
Certificate level20,91728.126.518,56027.526.3+2,357
No qualifications22,42730.130.722,89933.935.0-472
Individual Income
Less than $5009,64213.013.2--00--
$500 -$1,99953,90972.568.3--00--
$2,000 or more10,10913.617.5--00--
Method of Travel to Work
Public Transport8711.24.11,2101.86.9-339
Walked only1,8532.52.62,2763.43.3-423
Other Characteristics
Born overseas20,80628.027.718,15926.925.7+2,647
Speaks a language other than English at home11,36215.314.49,19513.612.3+2,167
Arrived between 2016 and August 20212,9954.04.4--00--

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