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Resident workers - Qualifications

38.1% of the resident workers in Cairns have qualifications, compared to 39.3% for Queensland.

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 Cairns'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 Cairns'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
Cairns 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree16,29622.525.100.021.5+16,296
Advanced Diploma or Diploma8,56911.810.900.09.3+8,569
Certificate I and II Level1,1031.51.300.01.5+1,103
Certificate III & IV Level18,19225.123.000.021.6+18,192
Certificate Level, nfd1,5862.22.000.01.7+1,586
No qualification24,35533.635.000.040.6+24,355
Inadequately described or not stated2,3103.22.700.03.8+2,310

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, Queensland : 25.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland : 10.9% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland : 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland : 23.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland : 2.0% No qualification, Queensland : 35.0% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland : 2.7% Bachelor or Higher degree, Cairns - All industries : 22.5% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cairns - All industries : 11.8% Certificate I and II Level, Cairns - All industries : 1.5% Certificate III & IV Level, Cairns - All industries : 25.1% Certificate Level, nfd, Cairns - All industries : 2.2% No qualification, Cairns - All industries : 33.6% Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns - All industries : 3.2%
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, Cairns - All industries: +16,296 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cairns - All industries: +8,569 Certificate I and II Level, Cairns - All industries: +1,103 Certificate III & IV Level, Cairns - All industries: +18,192 Certificate Level, nfd, Cairns - All industries: +1,586 No qualification, Cairns - All industries: +24,355 Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns - All industries: +2,310
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 Cairns in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), as well as a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 38.1% of the resident workers held educational qualifications, and 33.6% had no qualifications, compared with 39.3% and 35.0% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (25.1% compared to 23.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (22.5% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (33.6% compared to 35.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualifications (+24,355 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+18,192 people )
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+16,296 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+8,569 people )

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