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Resident workers - Qualifications

33.4% of the resident workers (Retail Trade) in the Gunnedah Shire have qualifications, compared to 65.7% for Public Administration and Safety.

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 Gunnedah Shire'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 Gunnedah Shire'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
Gunnedah Shire 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Public Administration and Safety%Number%Public Administration and Safety%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree153.616.7173.318.7-2
Advanced Diploma or Diploma174.018.0173.314.30
Certificate I and II Level133.11.3193.72.0-6
Certificate III & IV Level8720.628.38316.225.1+4
Certificate Level, nfd92.11.371.41.2+2
No qualification26462.630.934968.236.3-85
Inadequately described or not stated174.03.4203.92.4-3

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, Gunnedah Shire - Public Administration and Safety : 16.7% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Gunnedah Shire - Public Administration and Safety : 18.0% Certificate I and II Level, Gunnedah Shire - Public Administration and Safety : 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Gunnedah Shire - Public Administration and Safety : 28.3% Certificate Level, nfd, Gunnedah Shire - Public Administration and Safety : 1.3% No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - Public Administration and Safety : 30.9% Inadequately described or not stated, Gunnedah Shire - Public Administration and Safety : 3.4% Bachelor or Higher degree, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade : 3.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade : 4.0% Certificate I and II Level, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade : 3.1% Certificate III & IV Level, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade : 20.6% Certificate Level, nfd, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade : 2.1% No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade : 62.6% Inadequately described or not stated, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade : 4.0%
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, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: -2 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: 0 Certificate I and II Level, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: -6 Certificate III & IV Level, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: +4 Certificate Level, nfd, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: +2 No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: -85 Inadequately described or not stated, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: -3
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 (Retail Trade) in the Gunnedah Shire in 2016 compared to Public Administration and Safety 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, 33.4% of the resident workers (Retail Trade) held educational qualifications, and 62.6% had no qualifications, compared with 65.7% and 30.9% respectively for Public Administration and Safety.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (Retail Trade) of the Gunnedah Shire and Public Administration and Safety were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) with No qualifications (62.6% compared to 30.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (4.0% compared to 18.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) with Bachelor or Higher degrees (3.6% compared to 16.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) with Certificate III & IV Levels (20.6% compared to 28.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest change in the qualifications held by the resident workers (Retail Trade) in the Gunnedah Shire between 2011 and 2016 was:

  • No qualifications (-85 people )

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