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West Coast Council area

Local workers - Occupations - All industries

In the West Coast Council area, 20.1% of workers were Technicians and Trades Workers, compared to 18.8% in Tasmania.

Occupation is a key component for evaluating the socio-economic status of the local workers and the skills required to work in each industry sector.

The occupations of the local workers in the West Coast Council area will be influenced by factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in the West Coast Council area;
  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry; and
  • The working and social aspirations of the population.

For a complete local workers analysis for the West Coast Council area, view Occupations in conjunction with other indicators, such as Educational qualifications and Income.

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 West Coast Council area 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 occupations
West Coast Council area - All industries 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. TasmaniaNumber%. Tasmania2011 - 2016
Managers20610.712.22369.212.4-30
Professionals21911.418.826710.418.5-48
Technicians and Trades Workers38520.113.953621.014.8-151
Community and Personal Service Workers1718.912.42148.411.2-43
Clerical and Administrative Workers1397.313.01766.913.9-37
Sales Workers1216.39.91194.79.8+2
Machinery Operators And Drivers35918.76.362724.56.6-268
Labourers27314.211.734613.511.3-73
Inadequately described or not stated442.31.7361.41.5+8
Total Persons1,917100.0100.02,557100.0100.0-640

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

An analysis of the jobs held by the All industries workforce in the West Coast Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Technicians and Trades Workers (385 local workers or 20.1%)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (359 local workers or 18.7%)
  • Labourers (273 local workers or 14.2%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 1,017 people in total or 53.0% of the All industries local workers.

In comparison, Tasmania employed 13.9% as Technicians and Trades Workers; 6.3% as Machinery Operators And Drivers and 11.7% as Labourers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in the West Coast Council area and Tasmania were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (18.7% compared to 6.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Professionals (11.4% compared to 18.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (20.1% compared to 13.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Clerical and Administrative Workers (7.3% compared to 13.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the workforce in the West Coast Council area between 2011 and 2016 were those employed as:

  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (-268 local workers)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (-151 local workers)
  • Labourers (-73 local workers)
  • Professionals (-48 local workers)

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