Sunshine Coast

Resident workers - Hours worked

34.2% of the resident workers (All industries) in Sunshine Coast work 40 or more hours, compared to 38.3% in Queensland.

Hours worked shows the distribution of employment hours for Sunshine Coast's residents. Full-time employment is considered 35-hours and over.

The hours worked by employed people in Sunshine Coast depends on a number of factors:

  • The availability and take-up of part-time work;
  • The industry sector in which they work;
  • The occupation level and requirement or opportunity to work overtime, and;
  • The age structure and household structure of the working population.

Hours worked statistics should be viewed in conjunction with Age structure Occupations, and Income to provide more insight into the observations made.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence

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Current benchmark:
Resident workers hours worked
Sunshine Coast Council - All industries20212016Change
Hours workedNumber%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2016 - 2021
1 hour - 15 hours20,75712.911.017,06613.211.0+3,691
16 hours - 24 hours16,97410.69.214,14010.99.4+2,834
25 hours - 34 hours21,65613.511.918,45714.212.0+3,199
35 hours - 39 hours29,18218.220.721,60316.719.2+7,579
40 hours23,59814.716.220,30015.717.2+3,298
41 hours - 48 hours11,7707.38.410,9018.49.4+869
49 hours or more19,43712.113.720,47515.816.6-1,038
Not stated2,6841.71.82,2011.71.8+483
Total Persons160,294100.0100.0129,637100.0100.0+30,657

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the hours worked by Sunshine Coast's resident workers in 2021 compared to Queensland shows that there was a higher proportion of people who worked part-time (34 hours or less) and a lower proportion of people worked full-time (35 hours or more).

Overall, 45.9% of the resident workers in All industries worked part-time (34 hours or less), and 52.4% worked full-time (35 hours or more), compared with 39.2% and 59.0% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between the hours worked by the resident workers (All industries) of Sunshine Coast and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers worked None (8.9% compared to 7.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers worked 1 hour - 15 hours (12.9% compared to 11.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers worked 25 hours - 34 hours (13.5% compared to 11.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers worked 35 hours - 39 hours (18.2% compared to 20.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of the resident workers (All industries) working full-time (35 hours or more) in Sunshine Coast increased by 10708 people (14.6%).

The largest changes in hours worked by the resident workers (All industries) in Sunshine Coast between2016 and 2021 were:

  • None (+9,742 persons)
  • 35 hours - 39 hours (+7,579 persons)
  • 1 hour - 15 hours (+3,691 persons)
  • 40 hours (+3,298 persons)

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