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Worker productivity

In the Sunshine Coast Council area, Mining had the highest productivity by industry, generating $549,101 per worker in 2018/19.

Worker productivity by industry is calculated by dividing the industry value add by the number of persons employed in that industry. It shows which industries generate the most value add per employee. Some industry sectors, such as retail trade, are not highly productive per worker, but they employ a lot of people. Other industries, such as mining, employ fewer people but generate high levels of productivity. Each plays an important role in the economy.

Worker productivity data should be viewed in conjunction with Employment by industry (Total)and Employment by industry (FTE), to see the relative size of employment in each industry, and with Local workers income to see how many local workers are actually each in each industry, and with Sources of income data to see whether employment is the main way income is derived.

Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section. National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Productivity per worker (annual) by industry
Sunshine Coast Council area - Constant prices2018/192013/14Change
Industry$Queensland$$Queensland$ 2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing125,429134,322152,270163,682-26,841
Mining549,101652,136252,636417,347+296,465
Manufacturing104,078118,88798,727121,779+5,351
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services297,563347,106220,409295,706+77,154
Construction92,692110,177118,951161,969-26,259
Wholesale Trade155,707170,549144,730154,733+10,978
Retail Trade57,88257,24556,48458,459+1,398
Accommodation and Food Services46,25448,76448,37049,621-2,116
Transport, Postal and Warehousing97,575133,051101,057126,373-3,482
Information Media and Telecommunications137,164154,558104,219122,230+32,945
Financial and Insurance Services301,337327,550239,294281,567+62,044
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services211,798229,165191,968193,231+19,830
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services101,226124,94494,504110,397+6,723
Administrative and Support Services101,648137,66686,126107,780+15,522
Public Administration and Safety97,405104,30593,917107,727+3,488
Education and Training70,61272,42973,23976,533-2,627
Health Care and Social Assistance75,94179,76361,70563,817+14,237
Arts and Recreation Services50,20164,90950,39060,001-189
Other Services62,09169,65553,38160,950+8,710
Total worker productivity92,179119,87990,049116,328+2,130

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts. Data are based on a 2016-17 price base for all years. NIEIR-ID data are inflation adjusted each year to allow direct comparison, and annual data releases adjust previous years’ figures to a new base year.Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers in the Sunshine Coast Council area in 2018/19 shows the three highest industries were:

  • Mining ($549,101)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($301,337)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($297,563)

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland were for $652,136 in Mining; $327,550 in Financial and Insurance Services and $347,106 in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.

The major differences between the jobs held by the full-time equivalent local workers of the Sunshine Coast Council area and Queensland were:

  • A lower worker productivity in Transport, Postal and Warehousing ($97,575 compared to $133,051)
  • A lower worker productivity in Administrative and Support Services ($101,648 compared to $137,666)
  • A lower worker productivity in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($297,563 compared to $347,106)
  • A lower worker productivity in Mining ($549,101 compared to $652,136)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in the Sunshine Coast Council area increased by $2,130 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in the Sunshine Coast Council area were for those employed in:

  • Mining (+$296,465)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$77,154)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+$62,044)
  • Information Media and Telecommunications (+$32,945)

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