Resident workers - Hours worked

42.7% of the resident workers (All industries) in Whitsunday work 40 or more hours, compared to 38.3% in Queensland.

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

The hours worked by employed people in Whitsunday 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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Resident workers hours worked
Whitsunday Regional Council - All industries20212016Change
Hours workedNumber%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2016 - 2021
1 hour - 15 hours1,7729.911.01,3748.811.0+398
16 hours - 24 hours1,4378.09.21,1837.59.4+254
25 hours - 34 hours2,33013.011.91,85711.812.0+473
35 hours - 39 hours3,51819.620.72,45215.619.2+1,066
40 hours2,47113.716.22,46415.717.2+7
41 hours - 48 hours1,6539.28.41,78311.49.4-130
49 hours or more3,55519.813.73,62223.116.6-67
Not stated4072.31.83362.11.8+71
Total Persons17,972100.0100.015,674100.0100.0+2,298

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

Overall, 35.4% of the resident workers in All industries worked part-time (34 hours or less), and 62.3% 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 Whitsunday and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers worked None (4.6% compared to 7.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers worked 16 hours - 24 hours (8.0% compared to 9.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers worked 40 hours (13.7% compared to 16.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers worked 49 hours or more (19.8% compared to 13.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of the resident workers (All industries) working full-time (35 hours or more) in Whitsunday increased by 876 people (8.5%).

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

  • 35 hours - 39 hours (+1,066 persons)
  • 25 hours - 34 hours (+473 persons)
  • 1 hour - 15 hours (+398 persons)
  • 16 hours - 24 hours (+254 persons)

Whitsunday Regional Council

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