Local workers - Occupations - All industries
Within Cairns, the workforce has a similar proportion of Managers and Professionals compared to Far North Queensland.
Occupation is a key component for evaluating the socio-economic status of the local workers and the skills required to work in each industry sector.
The occupations of the local workers in Cairns will be influenced by factors including:
- The economic base and employment opportunities available in Cairns;
- The age of the workforce;
- The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry; and
- The working and social aspirations of the population.
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 occupations|
|Cairns - All industries||2016||2011||Change|
|Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Far North Queensland %||Number||%||Far North Queensland %||2011 to 2016|
|Technicians and Trades Workers||9,175||13.6||13.5||9,230||14.4||14.4||-55||27000||P|
|Community and Personal Service Workers||9,417||14.0||13.6||7,988||12.4||12.0||+1,429||28000||P|
|Clerical and Administrative Workers||9,423||14.0||12.7||9,849||15.3||13.3||-426||29000||P|
|Machinery Operators And Drivers||3,394||5.0||6.0||3,379||5.3||6.6||+15||31000||P|
|Inadequately described or not stated||1,101||1.6||1.8||1,154||1.8||2.0||-53||33000||P|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
An analysis of the jobs held by the workforce in Cairns in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:
- Professionals (13,376 local workers or 19.8%)
- Clerical and Administrative Workers (9,423 local workers or 14.0%)
- Community and Personal Service Workers (9,417 local workers or 14.0%)
In combination these three occupations accounted for 32,216 people in total or 47.7% of the local workers .
In comparison, Far North Queensland employed 17.5% as Professionals; 12.7% as Clerical and Administrative Workers; and 13.6% as Community and Personal Service Workers.
The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in Cairns and Far North Queensland were:
- A larger percentage of local workers employed as Professionals (19.8% compared to 17.5%)
- A larger percentage of local workers employed as Sales Workers (11.3% compared to 10.0%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Labourers (9.4% compared to 12.1%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Managers (11.2% compared to 12.8%)
The largest changes in the jobs held by the in Cairns workforce between 2011 and 2016 were:
- Professionals (+1,495 local workers)
- Community and Personal Service Workers (+1,429 local workers)
- Clerical and Administrative Workers (-426 local workers)
- Labourers (+369 local workers)