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Workforce - Qualifications - All industries

Within the City of Adelaide, the workforce has a higher proportion with tertiary qualifications than South Australia.

Qualification levels help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of workers in a particular industry.

The level of qualifications in a workforce relate to a number of factors including:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry;
  • The professional or working ambitions of people (to seek education as youth or retraining as adults);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling.

Educational Qualification statistics should be looked at in conjunction with Field of Qualification and Occupation data for a full education analysis for City of Adelaide.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2006 and 2011 – by place of work

Workforce qualifications
City of Adelaide - All industries20112006Change
Qualification levelNumber%South Australia %Number%South Australia %2006 to 2011
Bachelor or Higher degree45,93742.022.434,73135.218.9+11,206
Advanced Diploma or Diploma13,02211.99.510,96211.18.6+2,060
Certificate IV Level4,1693.83.53,0713.12.6+1,098
Certificate III Level7,9707.316.67,7807.916.0+190
Certificate I and II Level1,4021.31.61,3951.41.5+7
Certificate Level, nfd2,2332.02.02,7172.82.2-484
No qualification33,48830.640.833,95034.545.6-462
Inadequately described or not stated1,1821.13.63,9364.04.7-2,754

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

Workforce qualification, 2011
Workforce qualification, 2011 Bachelor or Higher degree, South Australia: 22.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, South Australia: 9.5% 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: 40.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, City of Adelaide: 42.0% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, City of Adelaide: 11.9% Certificate IV Level, City of Adelaide: 3.8% Certificate III Level, City of Adelaide: 7.3% Certificate I and II Level, City of Adelaide: 1.3% Certificate Level, nfd, City of Adelaide: 2.0% No qualification, City of Adelaide: 30.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in workforce qualification, 2006 to 2011
Change in workforce qualification, 2006 to 2011 Bachelor or Higher degree, City of Adelaide - All industries: +11,206 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, City of Adelaide - All industries: +2,060 Certificate IV Level, City of Adelaide - All industries: +1,098 Certificate III Level, City of Adelaide - All industries: +190 Certificate I and II Level, City of Adelaide - All industries: +7 Certificate Level, nfd, City of Adelaide - All industries: -484 No qualification, City of Adelaide - All industries: -462
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 workforce in the City of Adelaide in 2011 compared to South Australia shows that there was a higher proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 68.3% of the workforce held educational qualifications, and 30.6% had no qualifications, compared with 55.6% and 40.8% respectively for South Australia.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce in the City of Adelaide and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Bachelor or Higher degrees (42.0% compared to 22.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (11.9% compared to 9.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with No qualifications (30.6% compared to 40.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Certificate III Levels (7.3% compared to 16.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+11,206 people)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+2,060 people)
  • Certificate IV Levels (+1,098 people)
  • Certificate Level, nfds (-484 people)

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