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Resident workers - Qualifications

63.2% of the resident workers in Cairns have qualifications, compared to 76.2% for Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.

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%Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services%Number%Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree16,29622.515.3--------
Advanced Diploma or Diploma8,56911.817.0--------
Certificate I and II Level1,1031.51.4--------
Certificate III & IV Level18,19225.142.6--------
Certificate Level, nfd1,5862.20.0--------
No qualification24,35533.622.1--------
Inadequately described or not stated2,3103.21.7--------

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 - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services : 15.3% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services : 17.0% Certificate I and II Level, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services : 1.4% Certificate III & IV Level, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services : 42.6% Certificate Level, nfd, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services : 0.0% No qualification, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services : 22.1% Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services : 1.7% 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
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 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 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, 63.2% of the resident workers held educational qualifications, and 33.6% had no qualifications, compared with 76.2% and 22.1% respectively for Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers of Cairns and Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (33.6% compared to 22.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (22.5% compared to 15.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (25.1% compared to 42.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (11.8% compared to 17.0%)

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