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Local workers - Qualifications - Other Services

In Cairns, the Other Services 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 - Other Services 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree39713.512.32348.59.7+163
Advanced Diploma or Diploma31310.611.52418.89.3+72
Certificate I and II Level381.31.2351.31.2+3
Certificate III & IV Level1,24042.143.51,24445.243.5-4
Certificate Level, nfd541.81.9331.21.5+21
No qualification81427.627.287131.631.7-57
Inadequately described or not stated913.12.4953.53.1-4
Total Persons2,947100.0100.02,753100.0100.0+194

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 higher proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 69.3% of the workers (Other Services) who held educational qualifications, and 27.6% had no qualifications, compared with 70.4% and 27.2% respectively for Queensland.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers (Other Services) with Certificate III & IV Level (42.1% compared to 43.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers (Other Services) with Bachelor or Higher degree (13.5% compared to 12.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers (Other Services) with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (10.6% compared to 11.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers (Other Services) with Inadequately described or not stated (3.1% compared to 2.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+163 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+72 local workers)
  • No qualification (-57 local workers)
  • Certificate Level, nfd (+21 local workers)

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