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Local workers - Qualifications - Accommodation and Food Services

In Cairns, the Accommodation and Food Services workforce has a similar 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 - Accommodation and Food Services 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree82811.611.85608.68.7+268
Advanced Diploma or Diploma80311.29.15328.17.2+271
Certificate I and II Level1482.12.21612.52.5-13
Certificate III & IV Level1,37519.317.51,21818.615.8+157
Certificate Level, nfd1442.01.71131.71.5+31
No qualification3,60650.555.23,60055.060.3+6
Inadequately described or not stated2383.32.53605.54.0-122
Total Persons7,142100.0100.06,544100.0100.0+598

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

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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, 46.2% of the workers (Accommodation and Food Services) who held educational qualifications, and 50.5% had no qualifications, compared with 42.3% and 55.2% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce (Accommodation and Food Services) of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers (Accommodation and Food Services) with No qualification (50.5% compared to 55.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers (Accommodation and Food Services) with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (11.2% compared to 9.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers (Accommodation and Food Services) with Certificate III & IV Level (19.3% compared to 17.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers (Accommodation and Food Services) with Inadequately described or not stated (3.3% compared to 2.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+271 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+268 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+157 local workers)
  • Certificate Level, nfd (+31 local workers)

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