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Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In Cairns, the workforce has a lower proportion with tertiary qualifications compared to Queensland.

Qualification levels help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of local workers in a particular industry.

The level of qualifications in a workforce relate to a number of factors including:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry;
  • The professional or working ambitions of people (to seek education as youth or retraining as adults);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling.

Educational Qualification statistics should be looked at in conjunction with Field of qualification and Occupation data for a full education analysis for Cairns.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Cairns in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

Local workers qualifications
Cairns - All industries20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree15,71823.325.112,68719.721.5+3,031
Advanced Diploma or Diploma8,13512.110.96,66610.49.3+1,469
Certificate I and II Level1,0311.51.31,0361.61.5-5
Certificate III & IV Level16,08123.823.014,67822.821.6+1,403
Certificate Level, nfd1,4482.12.01,1381.81.7+310
No qualification22,89933.935.025,13939.140.6-2,240
Inadequately described or not stated2,1513.22.72,9674.63.8-816

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local workers qualification, 2016
Local workers qualification, 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Queensland: 25.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland: 10.9% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland: 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland: 23.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland: 2.0% No qualification, Queensland: 35.0% Bachelor or Higher degree, Cairns: 23.3% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cairns: 12.1% Certificate I and II Level, Cairns: 1.5% Certificate III & IV Level, Cairns: 23.8% Certificate Level, nfd, Cairns: 2.1% No qualification, Cairns: 33.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers qualification, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers qualification, 2011 to 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Cairns - All industries: +3,031 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cairns - All industries: +1,469 Certificate I and II Level, Cairns - All industries: -5 Certificate III & IV Level, Cairns - All industries: +1,403 Certificate Level, nfd, Cairns - All industries: +310 No qualification, Cairns - All industries: -2,240
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 in Cairns in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a similar proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 39.0% of the held educational qualifications, and 33.9% had no qualifications, compared with 39.3% and 35.0% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce in Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (12.1% compared to 10.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (23.8% compared to 23.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (23.3% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualifications (33.9% compared to 35.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in Cairns between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+3,031 local workers)
  • No qualifications (-2,240 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+1,469 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+1,403 local workers)

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