Worker productivity

In Whitsunday, Mining had the highest productivity by industry, generating $1,240,430 per worker in 2022/23.

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
Whitsunday - Constant prices2022/232017/18Change
Industry$Queensland$$Queensland$ 2017/18 - 2022/23
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing219,572217,579174,453180,130+45,119
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services292,488313,883288,420333,218+4,068
Wholesale Trade190,676221,322177,359185,652+13,317
Retail Trade64,25673,41763,44667,752+810
Accommodation and Food Services67,38359,19477,93154,068-10,548
Transport, Postal and Warehousing173,569159,324190,227163,694-16,659
Information Media and Telecommunications94,576211,23683,457139,812+11,119
Financial and Insurance Services306,588298,843315,174312,003-8,586
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services276,268279,460193,009227,909+83,259
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services103,920133,173105,514137,997-1,594
Administrative and Support Services141,634150,788147,379146,552-5,745
Public Administration and Safety92,068125,61188,702115,434+3,367
Education and Training59,09880,59269,45283,442-10,354
Health Care and Social Assistance80,50083,72774,51981,126+5,982
Arts and Recreation Services41,75172,17047,57960,080-5,829
Other Services72,97678,67766,88172,014+6,096
Total worker productivity191,373144,366193,160148,324-1,787

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2024. ©2023. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions). Data are based on a 2020-21 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 Whitsunday in 2022/23 shows the three highest industries were:

  • Mining ($1,240,430)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($306,588)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services ($292,488)

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland were for $1,067,534 in Mining; $298,843 in Financial and Insurance Services and $313,883 in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.

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

  • A lower worker productivity in Wholesale Trade ($190,676 compared to $221,322)
  • A lower worker productivity in Public Administration and Safety ($92,068 compared to $125,611)
  • A lower worker productivity in Information Media and Telecommunications ($94,576 compared to $211,236)
  • A higher worker productivity in Mining ($1,240,430 compared to $1,067,534)

Emerging groups

The total worker productivity by industry in Whitsunday decreased by -1,787 between 2017/18 and 2022/23.

The largest changes in worker productivity by industries between 2017/18 and 2022/23 in Whitsunday were for those employed in:

  • Mining (-$269,021)
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$83,259)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+$45,119)
  • Manufacturing (-$30,145)

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