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Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the City of Adelaide, the have a higher proportion with tertiary 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 Occupation data for a full education analysis for City of Adelaide.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by place of work

Please note: Currently only 2016 data are available for work destination. 2011 data are not comparable due to a change in methodology in 2016 which “imputed” a work destination to those workers who didn’t state their work destination. This means comparisons with earlier years should not be made. .id are currently sourcing data collected under the same methodology in 2011 which will be added to this page at a later date. For a detailed case study of this issue please visit our blog post.

Local workers qualifications
City of Adelaide - All industries2016
Qualification levelNumber%South Australia %
Bachelor or Higher degree53,56845.625.9
Advanced Diploma or Diploma14,28612.110.6
Certificate I and II Level1,3741.21.5
Certificate III & IV Level13,99711.921.4
Certificate Level, nfd2,2311.92.2
No qualification29,66525.235.8
Inadequately described or not stated2,4802.12.7

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

Local workers qualification, 2016
Local workers qualification, 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, South Australia: 25.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, South Australia: 10.6% Certificate I and II Level, South Australia: 1.5% Certificate III & IV Level, South Australia: 21.4% Certificate Level, nfd, South Australia: 2.2% No qualification, South Australia: 35.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, City of Adelaide: 45.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, City of Adelaide: 12.1% Certificate I and II Level, City of Adelaide: 1.2% Certificate III & IV Level, City of Adelaide: 11.9% Certificate Level, nfd, City of Adelaide: 1.9% No qualification, City of Adelaide: 25.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers qualification, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers qualification, 2011 to 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, City of Adelaide - All industries: +53,568 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, City of Adelaide - All industries: +14,286 Certificate I and II Level, City of Adelaide - All industries: +1,374 Certificate III & IV Level, City of Adelaide - All industries: +13,997 Certificate Level, nfd, City of Adelaide - All industries: +2,231 No qualification, City of Adelaide - All industries: +29,665
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 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, 60.8% of the held educational qualifications, and 25.2% had no qualifications, compared with 40.2% and 35.8% respectively for South Australia.

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

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

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+53,568 local workers)
  • No qualifications (+29,665 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+14,286 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+13,997 local workers)

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