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ABS Census confirms changing work patterns in the Queensland economy

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has today released another segment of data from the 2016 Census relating specifically to the Queensland and Australian workforce profiles.

In a sentence, Queenslanders are more likely today to be in a service industry, part-time job, working less hours each week and amazingly have driven their own car to work!

Key findings provide confirmation of a number trends within the Queensland economy and workforce including:

  • There were 2,312,118 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Queensland. Of these 57.7% were employed full time, 29.9% were employed part-time and 7.6% were unemployed.
  • The proportion of employees in full-time work has declined between 2011 to 2016 from 60% to 57.7% and conversely the portion in part-time has increased from 28.2% to 29.9% respectively.  This is consistent with the recent boon in part-time employment in the Sunshine State.
  • Queenslanders are now working less each week. Of employed people in Queensland, 11.0% worked 1 to 15 hours (was 10.4%), 9.4% worked 16 to 24 hours (was 8.8%) and 43.2% worked 40 hours or more (was 45.8%). However this may not necessarily be out of choice with many part-time workers wanting additional hours of work and are considered as underemployed.  

  • The most common occupations in Queensland included Professionals 19.8%, Technicians and Trades Workers 14.3%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 13.6%, Managers 12.1%, and Community and Personal Service Workers 11.3%.

  • In Queensland, on the day of the Census, the most common methods of travel to work for employed people were: Car, as driver 64.1%, Car, as passenger 5.3% and Worked at home 5.3%. Other common responses were Walked only 3.3% and Bus 3.0%. On the day, 7.1% of employed people used public transport (train, bus, ferry, tram/light rail) as at least one of their methods of travel to work and 71.3% used car (either as driver or as passenger).

A link to the Census information for Queensland can be found here.


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