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Resident workers (Local) - Qualifications

72.2% of the local labour force in the City of Adelaide have qualifications, compared to 55.1% for South Australia.

Education is an essential means of building the knowledge and skill levels of the labour force, which is a key factor in achieving future economic and social development.

The level of educational attainment for the City of Adelaide's local labour force relates to a number of factors including:

  • The age structure of the local labour force;
  • The professional or social ambitions of people to obtain qualifications (that is, to seek education and retraining);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling, and;
  • The knowledge and skill requirements of the local industries.

Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Income, Occupation and Field of qualification for a clearer picture of the knowledge and skill level of City of Adelaide's local resident workers.

When comparing the Qualifications of local resident worker with local workers, Qualifications statistics indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2006 and 2011 – by usual residence

Local resident workers qualifications
City of Adelaide 20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%South Australia%Number%South Australia%2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree4,78552.622.13,76548.618.5+1,020
Advanced Diploma or Diploma8159.09.47019.08.4+114
Certificate IV Level1882.13.51391.82.5+49
Certificate III Level5586.116.64806.215.9+78
Certificate I and II Level961.11.6761.01.5+20
Certificate Level, nfd1271.42.0981.32.2+29
No qualification2,26624.941.02,19128.346.0+75
Inadequately described or not stated2592.83.93023.95.0-43

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

Local resident workers qualifications, 2011
Local resident workers qualifications, 2011 Bachelor or Higher degree, South Australia: 22.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, South Australia: 9.4% Certificate IV Level, South Australia: 3.5% Certificate III Level, South Australia: 16.6% Certificate I and II Level, South Australia: 1.6% Certificate Level, nfd, South Australia: 2.0% No qualification, South Australia: 41.0% Inadequately described or not stated, South Australia: 3.9% Bachelor or Higher degree, City of Adelaide: 52.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, City of Adelaide: 9.0% Certificate IV Level, City of Adelaide: 2.1% Certificate III Level, City of Adelaide: 6.1% Certificate I and II Level, City of Adelaide: 1.1% Certificate Level, nfd, City of Adelaide: 1.4% No qualification, City of Adelaide: 24.9% Inadequately described or not stated, City of Adelaide: 2.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local resident workers qualifications, 2006 to 2011
Change in local resident workers qualifications, 2006 to 2011 Bachelor or Higher degree, City of Adelaide: +1,020 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, City of Adelaide: +114 Certificate IV Level, City of Adelaide: +49 Certificate III Level, City of Adelaide: +78 Certificate I and II Level, City of Adelaide: +20 Certificate Level, nfd, City of Adelaide: +29 No qualification, City of Adelaide: +75 Inadequately described or not stated, City of Adelaide: -43
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the local labour force in the City of Adelaide in 2011 compared to South Australia shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 72.2% of the local labour force held educational qualifications, and 24.9% had no qualifications, compared with 55.1% and 41.0% respectively for South Australia.

The major differences between qualifications held by the local labour force of the City of Adelaide and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force with Bachelor or Higher degrees (52.6% compared to 22.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force with No qualifications (24.9% compared to 41.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force with Certificate III Levels (6.1% compared to 16.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force with Certificate IV Levels (2.1% compared to 3.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the local labour force in the City of Adelaide between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+1,020 local labour force )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+114 local labour force )
  • Certificate III Levels (+78 local labour force )
  • No qualifications (+75 local labour force )

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