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Local workers - Key statistics - Accommodation and Food Services

In Cairns 45.6% of the local workers are males and 54.5% 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 - Accommodation and Food Services
NameNumber%Retail Trade %Number%Retail Trade %2011 to 2016
Local workers--------------
Total local workers (Census)7,130100.0100.06,545100.0100.0+585
Age structure--------------
15 - 24 years2,32132.629.11,91829.330.1+403
25 - 54 years3,95555.553.83,83058.554.9+125
55 - 64 years6689.413.066510.212.4+3
65 years and over1912.74.11201.82.7+71
Top three occupations--------------
Community and personal service workers1,69523.81.01,52523.30.8+170
Hours worked--------------
Full time3,26945.849.03,31250.650.2-43
Part time3,76952.950.33,07246.948.1+697
Bachelor or higher degree82811.68.35608.66.5+268
Advanced diploma or diploma80311.38.05328.16.0+271
Certificate level1,66723.424.31,49222.820.9+175
No qualifications3,60650.656.53,60055.062.0+6
Individual Income--------------
Less than $5002,57436.131.8--------
$500 -$1,7494,26859.963.5--------
$1,750 or more1942.73.4--------
Method of Travel to Work--------------
Public Transport3655.12.93495.33.9+16
Walked only5938.33.15848.93.5+9
Other Characteristics--------------
Born overseas3,00742.222.52,45237.521.0+555
Speaks a language other than English at home1,99528.011.81,38721.29.2+608
Arrived between 2011 and 9th August 201684211.83.6--------

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