Shire of Ashburton

Local workers - Age structure - All industries

In the Shire of Ashburton, there are more younger workers (15 to 44 years) than older workers (45 year and over) working in All industries.

The Age Structure of an industry's local workers is a key component to understanding the role and function of that industry in the Shire of Ashburton. 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 the Shire of Ashburton, Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Income and Hours worked.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
Local workers age structure
Shire of Ashburton - All industries20212016Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%. Western Australia%Number%. Western Australia%2016 - 2021
15 to 24 years9316.814.31,1404.914.0-209
25 to 34 years3,35024.421.66,91929.523.4-3,569
35 to 44 years3,61826.422.66,39227.321.9-2,774
45 to 54 years3,28323.920.75,77924.621.7-2,496
55 to 64 years2,19416.015.82,95212.614.9-758
65 years and over3492.55.12711.24.1+78
Total Persons13,725100.0100.023,453100.0100.0-9,728

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the age structure of the workforce in the Shire of Ashburton in 2021compared to Western Australia 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, 57.6% of the workforce was aged under 45 years, compared to 58.4% for Western Australia. 42.4% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 41.6% for Western Australia.

The major differences between the age structure of the workforce in the Shire of Ashburton and Western Australia were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 15 to 24 years (6.8% compared to 14.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 25 to 34 years (24.4% compared to 21.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 35 to 44 years (26.4% compared to 22.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 45 to 54 years (23.9% compared to 20.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the age structure of the workforce in the Shire of Ashburton between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • 25 to 34 years (-3,569 local workers)
  • 35 to 44 years (-2,774 local workers)
  • 45 to 54 years (-2,496 local workers)
  • 55 to 64 years (-758 local workers)

Shire of Ashburton

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