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Local labour force - Qualifications

72.2% of the local labour force in the City of Adelaide have qualifications, compared to 57.4% for Greater Adelaide.

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 in City of Adelaide's labour force relates to a number of factors including:

  • The age structure of the 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 labour force.

When comparing the Qualifications of people who reside in City of Adelaide (The local labour force) with those who work in City of Adelaide (The workforce), 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 labour force qualifications
City of Adelaide 20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Greater Adelaide%Number%Greater Adelaide%2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree4,78552.625.03,76548.620.9+1,020
Advanced Diploma or Diploma8159.09.97019.08.9+114
Certificate IV Level1882.13.51391.82.6+49
Certificate III Level5586.115.64806.215.3+78
Certificate I and II Level961.11.4761.01.4+20
Certificate Level, nfd1271.41.9981.32.2+29
No qualification2,26624.938.92,19128.343.8+75
Inadequately described or not stated2592.83.83023.94.9-43

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

Local labour force qualifications, 2011
Local labour force qualifications, 2011 Bachelor or Higher degree, Greater Adelaide: 25.0% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Greater Adelaide: 9.9% Certificate IV Level, Greater Adelaide: 3.5% Certificate III Level, Greater Adelaide: 15.6% Certificate I and II Level, Greater Adelaide: 1.4% Certificate Level, nfd, Greater Adelaide: 1.9% No qualification, Greater Adelaide: 38.9% Inadequately described or not stated, Greater Adelaide: 3.8% 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 labour force qualifications, 2006 to 2011
Change in local labour force 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 Greater Adelaide 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 57.4% and 38.9% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Bachelor or Higher degrees (52.6% compared to 25.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with No qualifications (24.9% compared to 38.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Certificate III Levels (6.1% compared to 15.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people 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 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+114 people )
  • Certificate III Levels (+78 people )
  • No qualifications (+75 people )

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