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Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the Cook Shire, the workforce has a higher proportion with University qualifications compared to Financial and Insurance Services.

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 the Cook Shire.

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, the Cook Shire 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
Cook Shire - All industries 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. Financial and Insurance ServicesNumber%. Financial and Insurance Services2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree42614.8032713.30+99
Advanced Diploma or Diploma2579.001917.80+66
Certificate I and II Level491.70682.80-19
Certificate III & IV Level97333.955.666327.050.0+310
Certificate Level, nfd662.30441.80+22
No qualification95333.244.41,02041.550.0-67
Inadequately described or not stated1475.101425.80+5
Total Persons2,871100.0100.02,455100.0100.0+416

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 the Cook Shire in 2016 compared to Financial and Insurance Services 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, 61.7% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 33.2% had no qualifications, compared with 55.6% and 44.4% respectively for Financial and Insurance Services.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce of the Cook Shire and Financial and Insurance Services were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (33.9% compared to 55.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualification (33.2% compared to 44.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Certificate III & IV Level (+310 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+99 local workers)
  • No qualification (-67 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+66 local workers)

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