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Resident workers - Qualifications

48.2% of the resident workers (Wholesale Trade) in Cairns have qualifications, compared to 52.6% for Queensland.

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%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree1378.115.0----11.2--
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1277.59.2----7.8--
Certificate I and II Level261.51.6----1.6--
Certificate III & IV Level49529.124.7----21.9--
Certificate Level, nfd342.02.2----1.6--
No qualification83849.345.1----52.4--
Inadequately described or not stated422.52.2----3.6--

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, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 15.0% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 9.2% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 1.6% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 24.7% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 2.2% No qualification, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 45.1% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 2.2% Bachelor or Higher degree, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 8.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 7.5% Certificate I and II Level, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 1.5% Certificate III & IV Level, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 29.1% Certificate Level, nfd, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 2.0% No qualification, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 49.3% Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 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 (Wholesale Trade) in Cairns in 2016 compared to Queensland 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, 48.2% of the resident workers (Wholesale Trade) held educational qualifications, and 49.3% had no qualifications, compared with 52.6% and 45.1% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (Wholesale Trade) of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) with Certificate III & IV Levels (29.1% compared to 24.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) with No qualifications (49.3% compared to 45.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) with Bachelor or Higher degrees (8.1% compared to 15.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (7.5% compared to 9.2%)

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