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Resident workers - Qualifications

72.3% of the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) in Cairns have qualifications, compared to 70.6% for FNQROC.

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%FNQROC%Number%FNQROC%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree1,66828.725.9----17.4--
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,04318.017.7----14.7--
Certificate I and II Level851.51.5----1.6--
Certificate III & IV Level1,27622.023.5----22.0--
Certificate Level, nfd1212.12.0----1.8--
No qualification1,46525.226.6----38.4--
Inadequately described or not stated1452.52.8----4.2--

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, FNQROC - Public Administration and Safety  : 25.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, FNQROC - Public Administration and Safety  : 17.7% Certificate I and II Level, FNQROC - Public Administration and Safety  : 1.5% Certificate III & IV Level, FNQROC - Public Administration and Safety  : 23.5% Certificate Level, nfd, FNQROC - Public Administration and Safety  : 2.0% No qualification, FNQROC - Public Administration and Safety  : 26.6% Inadequately described or not stated, FNQROC - Public Administration and Safety  : 2.8% Bachelor or Higher degree, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 28.7% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 18.0% Certificate I and II Level, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 1.5% Certificate III & IV Level, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 22.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 2.1% No qualification, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 25.2% Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 2.5%
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 (Public Administration and Safety) in Cairns in 2016 compared to FNQROC shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 72.3% of the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) held educational qualifications, and 25.2% had no qualifications, compared with 70.6% and 26.6% respectively for FNQROC.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) of Cairns and FNQROC were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) with Bachelor or Higher degrees (28.7% compared to 25.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) with Certificate III & IV Levels (22.0% compared to 23.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) with No qualifications (25.2% compared to 26.6%)

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