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Local workers - Occupations - Retail Trade

Within Cairns, the Retail Trade workforce has a similar proportion of Managers and Professionals compared to 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.

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 - Retail Trade20162011Change
Occupations
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Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Managers1,16115.215.21,38417.216.4-223
Professionals2102.83.92082.63.4+2
Technicians and Trades Workers4646.16.25056.36.5-41
Community and Personal Service Workers771.00.9670.80.9+10
Clerical and Administrative Workers4255.66.05556.97.0-130
Sales Workers4,41057.854.84,42054.853.6-10
Machinery Operators And Drivers2383.13.82503.13.7-12
Labourers5987.88.76257.77.9-27
Inadequately described or not stated410.50.5550.70.7-14

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, Queensland: 15.2% Professionals, Queensland: 3.9% Technicians and Trades Workers, Queensland: 6.2% Community and Personal Service Workers, Queensland: 0.9% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Queensland: 6.0% Sales Workers, Queensland: 54.8% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Queensland: 3.8% Labourers, Queensland: 8.7% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland: 0.5% Managers, Cairns: 15.2% Professionals, Cairns: 2.8% Technicians and Trades Workers, Cairns: 6.1% Community and Personal Service Workers, Cairns: 1.0% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Cairns: 5.6% Sales Workers, Cairns: 57.8% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Cairns: 3.1% Labourers, Cairns: 7.8% Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns: 0.5%
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 - Retail Trade: -223 Professionals, Cairns - Retail Trade: +2 Technicians and Trades Workers, Cairns - Retail Trade: -41 Community and Personal Service Workers, Cairns - Retail Trade: +10 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Cairns - Retail Trade: -130 Sales Workers, Cairns - Retail Trade: -10 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Cairns - Retail Trade: -12 Labourers, Cairns - Retail Trade: -27 Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns - Retail Trade: -14
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 Retail Trade workforce in Cairns in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Sales Workers (4,410 local workers or 57.8%)
  • Managers (1,161 local workers or 15.2%)
  • Labourers (598 local workers or 7.8%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 6,169 people in total or 80.9% of the Retail Trade local workers .

In comparison, Queensland employed 54.8% as Sales Workers; 15.2% as Managers; and 8.7% as Labourers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the Retail Trade workforce in Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Sales Workers (57.8% compared to 54.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Professionals (2.8% compared to 3.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Managers (-223 local workers)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (-130 local workers)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (-41 local workers)
  • Labourers (-27 local workers)

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