Resident workers - Qualifications
63.2% of the resident workers in Cairns have qualifications, compared to 79.6% for Health Care and Social Assistance.
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.
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|
|Qualification level||Number||%||Health Care and Social Assistance%||Number||%||Health Care and Social Assistance%||2011 to 2016|
|Bachelor or Higher degree||16,296||22.5||42.0||--||--||--||--||25001|
|Advanced Diploma or Diploma||8,569||11.8||16.7||--||--||--||--||25002|
|Certificate I and II Level||1,103||1.5||1.0||--||--||--||--||25005|
|Certificate III & IV Level||18,192||25.1||17.3||--||--||--||--||25006|
|Certificate Level, nfd||1,586||2.2||2.5||--||--||--||--||25007|
|Inadequately described or not stated||2,310||3.2||2.9||--||--||--||--||25009|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
Analysis of the qualifications of the resident workers in Cairns in 2016 compared to Health Care and Social Assistance 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 79.6% and 17.5% respectively for Health Care and Social Assistance.
The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers of Cairns and Health Care and Social Assistance were:
- A larger percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (33.6% compared to 17.5%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (25.1% compared to 17.3%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (22.5% compared to 42.0%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (11.8% compared to 16.7%)