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Local workers - Qualifications - Wholesale Trade

In Cairns, the Wholesale Trade workforce has a higher proportion with University 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 Occupations data for a full education analysis for Cairns.

Data source

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.
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Local workers qualifications
Cairns - Wholesale Trade 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree1227.614.81105.211.2+12
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1247.79.21336.27.8-9
Certificate I and II Level241.51.6432.01.6-19
Certificate III & IV Level47529.424.857627.021.9-101
Certificate Level, nfd281.72.2311.51.6-3
No qualification80750.045.21,15554.252.4-348
Inadequately described or not stated332.02.2833.93.6-50
Total Persons1,613100.0100.02,131100.0100.0-518

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the in Cairns in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 47.9% of the workers (Wholesale Trade) who held educational qualifications, and 50.0% had no qualifications, compared with 52.5% and 45.2% respectively for Queensland.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers (Wholesale Trade) with Bachelor or Higher degree (7.6% compared to 14.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers (Wholesale Trade) with No qualification (50.0% compared to 45.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers (Wholesale Trade) with Certificate III & IV Level (29.4% compared to 24.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers (Wholesale Trade) with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (7.7% compared to 9.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualification (-348 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (-101 local workers)
  • Certificate I and II Level (-19 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+12 local workers)

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