Industry sector of employment
More Cairns residents worked in health care and social assistance than any other industry in 2011.
Cairns’s industry statistics identify the industry sectors in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This will be influenced by the skill base and socio-economic status of the residents as well as the industries and employment opportunities present in the region.
When viewed in conjunction with Residents Place of Work data and Method of Travel to Work, industry sector statistics provide insights into the relationship between the economic and residential role of the area.
Derived from the two Census questions:
'What best describes the business of your employer?' and 'What are the main goods produced or main services provided by your employers business?'
Persons aged 15 years and over
|Industry sector of employment|
|Cairns - Total persons (Enumerated)||2011||2006||Change|
|Industry sector||Number||%||Regional QLD %||Number||%||Regional QLD %||2006 to 2011|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||986||1.4||4.7||1,135||1.7||5.8||-149||14001|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||762||1.1||1.2||647||1.0||1.0||+115||14004|
|Accommodation and Food Services||6,756||9.5||7.8||6,724||10.3||8.0||+32||14008|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||4,755||6.7||4.7||4,547||7.0||4.6||+208||14009|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||618||0.9||1.1||804||1.2||1.2||-186||14010|
|Financial and Insurance Services||1,159||1.6||2.0||1,456||2.2||2.2||-297||14011|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||1,494||2.1||1.9||1,551||2.4||2.2||-57||14012|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||3,654||5.2||4.8||3,112||4.8||4.2||+542||14013|
|Administrative and Support Services||2,592||3.7||3.1||2,619||4.0||2.9||-27||14014|
|Public Administration and Safety||5,890||8.3||6.0||4,825||7.4||6.3||+1,065||14015|
|Education and Training||5,656||8.0||7.6||4,567||7.0||7.3||+1,089||14016|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||9,263||13.1||11.4||6,522||10.0||9.7||+2,741||14017|
|Arts and Recreation Services||1,325||1.9||1.5||1,120||1.7||1.4||+205||14018|
|Inadequately described or not stated||1,897||2.7||2.5||1,844||2.8||2.8||+53||14020|
|Total employed persons aged 15+||70,948||100.0||100.0||65,417||100.0||100.0||+5,531|
An analysis of the jobs held by the resident population in Cairns in 2011 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:
- Health Care and Social Assistance (9,263 people or 13.1%)
- Retail Trade (8,332 people or 11.7%)
- Accommodation and Food Services (6,756 people or 9.5%)
In combination, these three industries employed 24,351 people in total or 34.3% of the total employed resident population.
In comparison, Regional QLD employed 11.4% in Health Care and Social Assistance; 11.2% in Retail Trade; and 7.8% in Accommodation and Food Services.
The major differences between the jobs held by the population of Cairns and Regional QLD were:
- A larger percentage of persons employed in public administration and safety (8.3% compared to 6.0%)
- A smaller percentage of persons employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (1.4% compared to 4.7%)
- A smaller percentage of persons employed in mining (1.2% compared to 3.9%)
- A smaller percentage of persons employed in manufacturing (5.2% compared to 7.6%)
The number of employed people in Cairns increased by 5,531 between 2006 and 2011.
The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident population between 2006 and 2011 in Cairns were for those employed in:
- Health Care and Social Assistance (+2,741 persons)
- Education and Training (+1,089 persons)
- Public Administration and Safety (+1,065 persons)
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+542 persons)