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Resident workers - Qualifications

60.7% of the resident workers (Information Media and Telecommunications) in Cairns have qualifications, compared to 63.5% 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 degree12922.229.4----24.7--
Advanced Diploma or Diploma6310.912.8----11.8--
Certificate I and II Level61.01.3----1.5--
Certificate III & IV Level14525.017.8----16.8--
Certificate Level, nfd91.62.2----1.9--
No qualification21837.634.4----40.2--
Inadequately described or not stated101.72.1----3.1--

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 - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 29.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 12.8% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 17.8% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 2.2% No qualification, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 34.4% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 2.1% Bachelor or Higher degree, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications : 22.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications : 10.9% Certificate I and II Level, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications : 1.0% Certificate III & IV Level, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications : 25.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications : 1.6% No qualification, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications : 37.6% Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications : 1.7%
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 (Information Media and Telecommunications) 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, 60.7% of the resident workers (Information Media and Telecommunications) held educational qualifications, and 37.6% had no qualifications, compared with 63.5% and 34.4% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (Information Media and Telecommunications) of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Information Media and Telecommunications) with Certificate III & IV Levels (25.0% compared to 17.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Information Media and Telecommunications) with No qualifications (37.6% compared to 34.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Information Media and Telecommunications) with Bachelor or Higher degrees (22.2% compared to 29.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Information Media and Telecommunications) with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (10.9% compared to 12.8%)

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