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Resident workers - Qualifications

46.3% of the resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) in Cairns have qualifications, compared to 63.2% for All industries.

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%All industries%Number%All industries%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree82711.422.5--------
Advanced Diploma or Diploma82411.311.8--------
Certificate I and II Level1532.11.5--------
Certificate III & IV Level1,40819.425.1--------
Certificate Level, nfd1552.12.2--------
No qualification3,66950.433.6--------
Inadequately described or not stated2393.33.2--------

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, 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% Bachelor or Higher degree, Cairns - Accommodation and Food Services : 11.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cairns - Accommodation and Food Services : 11.3% Certificate I and II Level, Cairns - Accommodation and Food Services : 2.1% Certificate III & IV Level, Cairns - Accommodation and Food Services : 19.4% Certificate Level, nfd, Cairns - Accommodation and Food Services : 2.1% No qualification, Cairns - Accommodation and Food Services : 50.4% Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns - Accommodation and Food Services : 3.3%
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
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 (Accommodation and Food Services) in Cairns in 2016 compared to All industries 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, 46.3% of the resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) held educational qualifications, and 50.4% had no qualifications, compared with 63.2% and 33.6% respectively for All industries.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) of Cairns and All industries were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) with No qualifications (50.4% compared to 33.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) with Bachelor or Higher degrees (11.4% compared to 22.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) with Certificate III & IV Levels (19.4% compared to 25.1%)

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