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Local workers - Age structure - All industries

In the Canberra Region, there is similar proportion of younger workers (15 to 44 years) and older workers (45 year and over) in the local worker population.

The Age Structure of an industry's local workers is a key component to understanding the role and function of that industry in Canberra Region. It is an indicator of the age of the industry and how long it has been established in the area, as well as the possible challenges in expanding that industry in the future.

For example an area with young local workers may be more mobile and likely to change jobs/industries in the future while an industry with an older local workers may face succession planning issues and challenges in attracting new staff.

For a complete local workers analysis for Canberra Region, Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Income and Hours worked.

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

Local workers age structure
Canberra Region - All industries20112006Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%NSW %Number%NSW %2006 to 2011
15 to 24 years9,35714.414.49,78115.115.4-424
25 to 34 years9,52614.721.910,24115.921.9-715
35 to 44 years13,66321.023.214,99123.224.2-1,328
45 to 54 years16,44825.322.716,70025.923.1-252
55 to 64 years12,36819.014.510,19415.812.9+2,174
65 years and over3,6465.63.42,6654.12.6+981

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

Local workers age structure, 2011
Local workers age structure, 2011 15 to 24 years, NSW: 14.4% 25 to 34 years, NSW: 21.9% 35 to 44 years, NSW: 23.2% 45 to 54 years, NSW: 22.7% 55 to 64 years, NSW: 14.5% 65 years and over, NSW: 3.4% 15 to 24 years, Canberra Region: 14.4% 25 to 34 years, Canberra Region: 14.7% 35 to 44 years, Canberra Region: 21.0% 45 to 54 years, Canberra Region: 25.3% 55 to 64 years, Canberra Region: 19.0% 65 years and over, Canberra Region: 5.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers age structure, 2006 to 2011
Change in local workers age structure, 2006 to 2011 15 to 24 years, Canberra Region - All industries: -424 25 to 34 years, Canberra Region - All industries: -715 35 to 44 years, Canberra Region - All industries: -1,328 45 to 54 years, Canberra Region - All industries: -252 55 to 64 years, Canberra Region - All industries: +2,174 65 years and over, Canberra Region - All industries: +981
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 age structure of the workforce in the Canberra Region in 2011 compared to NSW shows that there was a lower proportion of people in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) and a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (45 years and over).

Overall, 50.1% of the workforce was aged under 45 years, compared to 59.4% for NSW. 49.9% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 40.6% for NSW.

The major differences between the age structure of the workforce in the Canberra Region and NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 55 to 64 years (19.0% compared to 14.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 45 to 54 years (25.3% compared to 22.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 65 years and over (5.6% compared to 3.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 25 to 34 years (14.7% compared to 21.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the age structure of the workforce in the Canberra Region between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • 55 to 64 years (+2,174 local workers)
  • 35 to 44 years (-1,328 local workers)
  • 65 years and over (+981 local workers)
  • 25 to 34 years (-715 local workers)

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