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Resident workers - Qualifications

60.0% of the resident workers in the Cumberland Council area have qualifications, compared to 66.0% for New South Wales.

Education is an essential means of building the knowledge and skill levels of the labour force, which is a key factor in achieving future economic and social development.

The level of educational attainment for the Cumberland Council area's resident workforce relates to a number of factors including:

  • The age structure of the resident workforce;
  • The professional or social ambitions of people to obtain qualifications (that is, to seek education and retraining);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling, and;
  • The knowledge and skill requirements of the local industries.

Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Income, Occupation and Field of qualification for a clearer picture of the knowledge and skill level of Cumberland Council area's local resident workers.

When comparing the Qualifications of local resident worker with local workers, Qualifications statistics indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

Resident workers qualifications
Cumberland Council area 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%New South Wales%Number%New South Wales%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree28,74033.132.621,05427.827.9+7,686
Advanced Diploma or Diploma9,83111.311.28,46411.210.5+1,367
Certificate I and II Level8000.91.29401.21.4-140
Certificate III & IV Level11,07912.818.711,08414.618.9-5
Certificate Level, nfd1,6851.92.31,2641.71.9+421
No qualification31,62536.431.128,87038.134.8+2,755
Inadequately described or not stated3,0733.52.94,0925.44.5-1,019

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

Resident workers qualifications, 2016
Resident workers qualifications, 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, New South Wales : 32.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, New South Wales : 11.2% Certificate I and II Level, New South Wales : 1.2% Certificate III & IV Level, New South Wales : 18.7% Certificate Level, nfd, New South Wales : 2.3% No qualification, New South Wales : 31.1% Inadequately described or not stated, New South Wales : 2.9% Bachelor or Higher degree, Cumberland Council area - All industries : 33.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cumberland Council area - All industries : 11.3% Certificate I and II Level, Cumberland Council area - All industries : 0.9% Certificate III & IV Level, Cumberland Council area - All industries : 12.8% Certificate Level, nfd, Cumberland Council area - All industries : 1.9% No qualification, Cumberland Council area - All industries : 36.4% Inadequately described or not stated, Cumberland Council area - All industries : 3.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers qualifications, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers qualifications, 2011 to 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Cumberland Council area - All industries: +7,686 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cumberland Council area - All industries: +1,367 Certificate I and II Level, Cumberland Council area - All industries: -140 Certificate III & IV Level, Cumberland Council area - All industries: -5 Certificate Level, nfd, Cumberland Council area - All industries: +421 No qualification, Cumberland Council area - All industries: +2,755 Inadequately described or not stated, Cumberland Council area - All industries: -1,019
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the resident workers in the Cumberland Council area in 2016 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a lower proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 60.0% of the resident workers held educational qualifications, and 36.4% had no qualifications, compared with 66.0% and 31.1% respectively for New South Wales.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers of the Cumberland Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (36.4% compared to 31.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (12.8% compared to 18.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers in the Cumberland Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+7,686 people )
  • No qualifications (+2,755 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+1,367 people )
  • Certificate Level, nfds (+421 people )

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