Resident workers - Hours worked

50.2% of the resident workers (All industries) in Whitsunday work 40 or more hours, compared to 43.2% 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 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers hours worked
Whitsunday Regional Council - All industries 20162011Change
Hours workedNumber%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2011 - 2016
1 hour - 15 hours1,3748.811.01,2808.310.4+94
16 hours - 24 hours1,1837.59.41,0907.08.8+93
25 hours - 34 hours1,85711.812.01,58810.310.8+269
35 hours - 39 hours2,45215.619.22,18014.118.1+272
40 hours2,46415.717.22,42815.716.8+36
41 hours - 48 hours1,78311.49.41,77811.510.5+5
49 hours or more3,62223.116.64,15826.918.4-536
Not stated3362.11.84312.82.2-95
Total Persons15,674100.0100.015,476100.0100.0+198

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the hours worked by Whitsunday's resident workers in 2016 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, 32.0% of the resident workers in All industries worked part-time (34 hours or less), and 65.8% worked full-time (35 hours or more), compared with 35.8% and 62.4% 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 1 hour - 15 hours (8.8% compared to 11.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers worked 35 hours - 39 hours (15.6% compared to 19.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers worked 41 hours - 48 hours (11.4% compared to 9.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers worked 49 hours or more (23.1% compared to 16.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of the resident workers (All industries) working full-time (35 hours or more) in Whitsunday decreased by 223 people (-2.1%).

The largest changes in hours worked by the resident workers (All industries) in Whitsunday between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • 49 hours or more (-536 persons)
  • 35 hours - 39 hours (+272 persons)
  • 25 hours - 34 hours (+269 persons)
  • Not stated (-95 persons)

Whitsunday Regional Council

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