Sunshine Coast

Worker productivity

In Sunshine Coast, Mining had the highest productivity by industry, generating $379,769 per worker in 2020/21.

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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National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Productivity per worker (annual) by industry
Sunshine Coast - Constant prices2020/212015/16Change
Industry$Queensland$$Queensland$ 2015/16 - 2020/21
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing88,871119,965124,576157,079-35,706
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services354,528363,370353,605359,594+924
Wholesale Trade161,210169,290147,956158,786+13,254
Retail Trade69,44570,66360,70362,697+8,742
Accommodation and Food Services47,97449,53748,50950,981-535
Transport, Postal and Warehousing111,798133,477116,987141,691-5,189
Information Media and Telecommunications110,432143,037115,233126,045-4,801
Financial and Insurance Services227,041277,160248,188306,579-21,147
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services219,063215,290200,674200,159+18,389
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services110,360125,042104,862121,109+5,499
Administrative and Support Services99,624135,26994,404116,228+5,220
Public Administration and Safety104,516122,77399,404116,867+5,112
Education and Training77,50381,81975,09679,685+2,407
Health Care and Social Assistance81,76787,01969,68672,770+12,081
Arts and Recreation Services53,55665,51249,98360,612+3,573
Other Services61,20071,45259,78269,194+1,419
Total worker productivity96,269123,33694,907123,232+1,361

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). Data are based on a 2018-19 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 Sunshine Coast in 2020/21 shows the three highest industries were:

  • Mining ($379,769)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($354,528)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($227,041)

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland were for $500,050 in Mining; $363,370 in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services and $277,160 in Financial and Insurance Services.

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

  • A lower worker productivity in Information Media and Telecommunications ($110,432 compared to $143,037)
  • A lower worker productivity in Administrative and Support Services ($99,624 compared to $135,269)
  • A lower worker productivity in Financial and Insurance Services ($227,041 compared to $277,160)
  • A lower worker productivity in Mining ($379,769 compared to $500,050)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in Sunshine Coast increased by $1,361 between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2015/16 and 2020/21 in Sunshine Coast were for those employed in:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (-$35,706)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (-$21,147)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$18,389)
  • Wholesale Trade (+$13,254)

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