City of Adelaide

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the City of Adelaide, the workforce has a higher proportion with University qualifications compared to South Australia.

Qualification levels help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of local 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 Occupations data for a full education analysis for the City of Adelaide.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the City of Adelaide in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Local workers qualifications
City of Adelaide - All industries 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree53,56845.625.947,24141.022.1+6,327
Advanced Diploma or Diploma14,28612.110.613,47011.79.4+816
Certificate I and II Level1,3741.21.51,5461.31.6-172
Certificate III & IV Level13,99711.921.412,98611.320.0+1,011
Certificate Level, nfd2,2311.92.22,2481.91.9-17
No qualification29,66525.235.834,01829.541.0-4,353
Inadequately described or not stated2,4802.12.73,8023.33.9-1,322
Total Persons117,601100.0100.0115,311100.0100.0+2,290

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

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the in the City of Adelaide in 2016 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, 72.7% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 25.2% had no qualifications, compared with 61.5% and 35.8% respectively for South Australia.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (45.6% compared to 25.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualification (25.2% compared to 35.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (11.9% compared to 21.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (12.1% compared to 10.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+6,327 local workers)
  • No qualification (-4,353 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+1,011 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+816 local workers)

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