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Local workers - Occupations - Construction

Within Cairns, the Construction workforce has a similar proportion of Managers and Professionals compared to the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services workforce.

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.

For a complete local workers analysis for Cairns, view Occupations in conjunction with other indicators, such as Educational qualifications and Income.

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.

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Local workers occupations
Cairns - Construction20162011Change
Occupations
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Number%Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services %Number%Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services %2011 to 2016
Managers60613.412.257012.89.3+36
Professionals1252.811.21052.412.6+20
Technicians and Trades Workers2,08846.237.12,06446.433.2+24
Community and Personal Service Workers70.20.830.10.5+4
Clerical and Administrative Workers59813.215.668615.419.6-88
Sales Workers851.92.1551.21.1+30
Machinery Operators And Drivers3908.613.33788.513.3+12
Labourers57512.74.654912.48.4+26
Inadequately described or not stated451.03.2350.82.1+10

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

Local workers occupations, 2016
Local workers occupations, 2016 Managers, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 12.2% Professionals, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 11.2% Technicians and Trades Workers, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 37.1% Community and Personal Service Workers, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.8% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 15.6% Sales Workers, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 2.1% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 13.3% Labourers, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 4.6% Inadequately described or not stated, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 3.2% Managers, Construction: 13.4% Professionals, Construction: 2.8% Technicians and Trades Workers, Construction: 46.2% Community and Personal Service Workers, Construction: 0.2% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Construction: 13.2% Sales Workers, Construction: 1.9% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Construction: 8.6% Labourers, Construction: 12.7% Inadequately described or not stated, Construction: 1.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers occupations, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers occupations, 2011 to 2016 Managers, Cairns - Construction: +36 Professionals, Cairns - Construction: +20 Technicians and Trades Workers, Cairns - Construction: +24 Community and Personal Service Workers, Cairns - Construction: +4 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Cairns - Construction: -88 Sales Workers, Cairns - Construction: +30 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Cairns - Construction: +12 Labourers, Cairns - Construction: +26 Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns - Construction: +10
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the Construction workforce in Cairns in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Technicians and Trades Workers (2,088 local workers or 46.2%)
  • Managers (606 local workers or 13.4%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (598 local workers or 13.2%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 3,292 people in total or 72.8% of the Construction local workers .

In comparison, the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services workforce within Cairns employed 37.1% as Technicians and Trades Workers; 12.2% as Managers; and 15.6% as Clerical and Administrative Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the Construction workforce in Cairns and the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (46.2% compared to 37.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Labourers (12.7% compared to 4.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Professionals (2.8% compared to 11.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (8.6% compared to 13.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the Construction in Cairns workforce between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (-88 local workers)
  • Managers (+36 local workers)
  • Sales Workers (+30 local workers)
  • Labourers (+26 local workers)

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