Gunnedah Shire

Resident workers - Occupations of employment

There are more resident workers (All industries) Managers in Gunnedah Shire than any other occupation.

Occupations are a key component in evaluating the knowledge, experience and skill-levels that industry can draw upon locally. It should be viewed with other indicators, such as Age structure, Qualifications, and Income for a comprehensive analysis of Gunnedah Shire's local resident workers.

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

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence

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Resident workers occupations
Gunnedah Shire 20212016Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Technicians and Trades Workers81213.811.972713.512.7+85
Community and Personal Service Workers62610.710.64959.210.4+131
Clerical and Administrative Workers5599.513.054210.013.8+17
Sales Workers4377.48.04277.99.2+10
Machinery Operators And Drivers88515.16.078114.56.1+104
Inadequately described or not stated1041.81.91051.91.8-1
Total Persons5,874100.0100.05,394100.0100.0+480

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident workers in Gunnedah Shire in 2021shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Managers (926 people or 15.8%)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (885 people or 15.1%)
  • Professionals (820 people or 14.0%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 2,631 people in total or 44.8% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, New South Wales employed 14.6% in Managers; 6.0% in Machinery Operators And Drivers and 25.8% in Professionals.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers (All industries) of Gunnedah Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Professionals (14.0% compared to 25.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (15.1% compared to 6.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Labourers (12.0% compared to 8.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Clerical and Administrative Workers (9.5% compared to 13.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in Gunnedah Shire increased by 480 between 2016 and 2021.

The largest change in the occupations of the resident workers between 2016 and 2021 in Gunnedah Shire were those employed as:

  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+131 persons)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (+104 persons)
  • Professionals (+100 persons)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+85 persons)

Gunnedah Shire Council

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