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Resident workers - Qualifications

75.1% of the resident workers in the City of Adelaide have qualifications, compared to 88.1% for Health Care and Social Assistance.

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 resident workforce relates to a number of factors including:

  • The age structure of the resident workforce;
  • 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 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

Resident workers qualifications
City of Adelaide 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Health Care and Social Assistance%Number%Health Care and Social Assistance%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree5,04654.473.64,78952.770.4+257
Advanced Diploma or Diploma8899.67.88159.07.5+74
Certificate I and II Level780.80.3951.01.0-17
Certificate III & IV Level7938.65.07468.24.8+47
Certificate Level, nfd1551.71.51201.31.1+35
No qualification2,11222.89.02,26925.012.2-157
Inadequately described or not stated2012.22.92592.83.0-58

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Resident workers qualifications, 2016
Resident workers qualifications, 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, City of Adelaide - Health Care and Social Assistance : 73.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, City of Adelaide - Health Care and Social Assistance : 7.8% Certificate I and II Level, City of Adelaide - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.3% Certificate III & IV Level, City of Adelaide - Health Care and Social Assistance : 5.0% Certificate Level, nfd, City of Adelaide - Health Care and Social Assistance : 1.5% No qualification, City of Adelaide - Health Care and Social Assistance : 9.0% Inadequately described or not stated, City of Adelaide - Health Care and Social Assistance : 2.9% Bachelor or Higher degree, City of Adelaide - All industries : 54.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, City of Adelaide - All industries : 9.6% Certificate I and II Level, City of Adelaide - All industries : 0.8% Certificate III & IV Level, City of Adelaide - All industries : 8.6% Certificate Level, nfd, City of Adelaide - All industries : 1.7% No qualification, City of Adelaide - All industries : 22.8% Inadequately described or not stated, City of Adelaide - All industries : 2.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers qualifications, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers qualifications, 2011 to 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, City of Adelaide - All industries: +257 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, City of Adelaide - All industries: +74 Certificate I and II Level, City of Adelaide - All industries: -17 Certificate III & IV Level, City of Adelaide - All industries: +47 Certificate Level, nfd, City of Adelaide - All industries: +35 No qualification, City of Adelaide - All industries: -157 Inadequately described or not stated, City of Adelaide - All industries: -58
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the resident workers in the City of Adelaide in 2016 compared to Health Care and Social Assistance shows that there was a lower proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 75.1% of the resident workers held educational qualifications, and 22.8% had no qualifications, compared with 88.1% and 9.0% respectively for Health Care and Social Assistance.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers of the City of Adelaide and Health Care and Social Assistance were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (22.8% compared to 9.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (8.6% compared to 5.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (9.6% compared to 7.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (54.4% compared to 73.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers in the City of Adelaide between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+257 people )
  • No qualifications (-157 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+74 people )

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