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RDA Sunshine Coast Region

Tourism and hospitality workforce

In 2016, there were 12,105 people who make up the tourism and hospitality workforce in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region, of this 40.4% worked full-time and 59.6% worked part-time or were away from work.

Tourism and hospitality are key industries in many parts of Australia, but it has not been well represented in economic profiles in the past due to the difficulty in defining it.

The tourism and hospitality industries are defined by the ABS not as regular industries but as a set of occupation categories working across a number of industries.

This page presents some key statistics for tourism and hospitality workers in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region with comparisons to benchmark areas. Tourism and hospitality data should be viewed in conjunction with the Industry sector analysis page for the accomodation sector, which has modelled estimates of the size of the industry on an annual basis. The Employment locations page will show where accommodation activity is taking place and the Local workers section will reveal the characteristics of accommodation workers.

Please note: Due to a change in the occupation classification, Tourism and Hospitality occupation data are currently only available from the 2016 Census.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by place of work
Tourism and hospitality workforce
RDA Sunshine Coast Region2016
NameNumber%Queensland %% of total industry in RDA Sunshine Coast Region
Tourism workforce--------
Total workers 12,105100.0100.09.2
Males4,84840.043.07.9
Females7,25760.057.010.4
Age structure--------
15 to 24 years4,19034.633.020.6
25 to 44 years4,47537.039.38.9
45 to 54 Years1,83315.114.65.8
55 to 64 Years1,27710.510.15.7
65 years and over3302.72.95.4
Hours worked--------
Worked full-time4,88940.443.36.9
Worked part-time6,75055.851.912.6
Away from work4683.94.87.6
Qualifications--------
Bachelor or higher degree1,26810.513.54.2
Advanced diploma or diploma1,24110.311.07.6
Certificate level3,12225.822.98.6
No qualifications6,16750.949.813.8
Ethnicity--------
Australian-born8,47670.063.58.5
Born overseas3,48028.735.311.5
Birthplace not stated1461.21.29.5
Speaks a language other than English1,47612.222.718.8
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander1861.52.49.5
Individual income--------
Less than $5004,81639.837.316.9
$500 -$1,7496,80156.257.68.0
$1,750 or more3142.63.82.1

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

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