Cairns
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)20112006Change
Industry sectorNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing9861.44.71,1351.75.8-149
Mining8541.23.94140.62.7+440
Manufacturing3,6715.27.63,9156.08.7-244
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services7621.11.26471.01.0+115
Construction6,0068.59.86,54010.09.9-534
Retail Trade8,33211.711.28,33112.712.0+1
Wholesale trade2,3163.33.22,2323.43.4+84
Accommodation and Food Services6,7569.57.86,72410.38.0+32
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4,7556.74.74,5477.04.6+208
Information Media and Telecommunications6180.91.18041.21.2-186
Financial and Insurance Services1,1591.62.01,4562.22.2-297
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1,4942.11.91,5512.42.2-57
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3,6545.24.83,1124.84.2+542
Administrative and Support Services2,5923.73.12,6194.02.9-27
Public Administration and Safety5,8908.36.04,8257.46.3+1,065
Education and Training5,6568.07.64,5677.07.3+1,089
Health Care and Social Assistance9,26313.111.46,52210.09.7+2,741
Arts and Recreation Services1,3251.91.51,1201.71.4+205
Other Services2,9624.24.02,5123.83.7+450
Inadequately described or not stated1,8972.72.51,8442.82.8+53

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Industry sector of employment, 2011
Industry sector of employment, 2011 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Regional QLD: 4.7% Mining, Regional QLD: 3.9% Manufacturing, Regional QLD: 7.6% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Regional QLD: 1.2% Construction, Regional QLD: 9.8% Retail Trade, Regional QLD: 11.2% Wholesale trade, Regional QLD: 3.2% Accommodation and Food Services, Regional QLD: 7.8% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Regional QLD: 4.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, Regional QLD: 1.1% Financial and Insurance Services, Regional QLD: 2.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Regional QLD: 1.9% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Regional QLD: 4.8% Administrative and Support Services, Regional QLD: 3.1% Public Administration and Safety, Regional QLD: 6.0% Education and Training, Regional QLD: 7.6% Health Care and Social Assistance, Regional QLD: 11.4% Arts and Recreation Services, Regional QLD: 1.5% Other Services, Regional QLD: 4.0% Inadequately described or not stated, Regional QLD: 2.5% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: 1.4% Mining, Cairns: 1.2% Manufacturing, Cairns: 5.2% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: 1.1% Construction, Cairns: 8.5% Retail Trade, Cairns: 11.7% Wholesale trade, Cairns: 3.3% Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: 9.5% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: 6.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: 0.9% Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: 1.6% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: 2.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: 5.2% Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: 3.7% Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: 8.3% Education and Training, Cairns: 8.0% Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: 13.1% Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: 1.9% Other Services, Cairns: 4.2% Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns: 2.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in industry sector of employment, 2006 to 2011
Change in industry sector of employment, 2006 to 2011 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: -149 Mining, Cairns: +440 Manufacturing, Cairns: -244 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: +115 Construction, Cairns: -534 Retail Trade, Cairns: +1 Wholesale trade, Cairns: +84 Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: +32 Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: +208 Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: -186 Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: -297 Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: -57 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +542 Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: -27 Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: +1,065 Education and Training, Cairns: +1,089 Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +2,741 Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: +205 Other Services, Cairns: +450 Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns: +53
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

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%)

Emerging groups

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)