Resident workers - Qualifications
72.3% of the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) in Cairns have qualifications, compared to 74.5% for Australia.
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||%||Australia%||Number||%||Australia%||2011 to 2016|
|Bachelor or Higher degree||1,668||28.7||38.5||--||--||34.4||--||25001|
|Advanced Diploma or Diploma||1,043||18.0||15.7||--||--||14.2||--||25002|
|Certificate I and II Level||85||1.5||1.3||--||--||1.5||--||25005|
|Certificate III & IV Level||1,276||22.0||16.8||--||--||16.0||--||25006|
|Certificate Level, nfd||121||2.1||2.1||--||--||1.9||--||25007|
|Inadequately described or not stated||145||2.5||2.1||--||--||3.3||--||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 (Public Administration and Safety) in Cairns in 2016 compared to Australia 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, 72.3% of the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) held educational qualifications, and 25.2% had no qualifications, compared with 74.5% and 23.4% respectively for Australia.
The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) of Cairns and Australia were:
- A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) with Certificate III & IV Levels (22.0% compared to 16.8%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (18.0% compared to 15.7%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) with No qualifications (25.2% compared to 23.4%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) with Bachelor or Higher degrees (28.7% compared to 38.5%)