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Resident workers - Qualifications

74.0% of the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) in the Gunnedah Shire have qualifications, compared to 79.6% 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 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%New South Wales%Number%New South Wales%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree14126.045.08417.339.6+57
Advanced Diploma or Diploma12222.515.36613.614.1+56
Certificate I and II Level61.11.151.01.4+1
Certificate III & IV Level11421.015.413527.815.2-21
Certificate Level, nfd193.52.8183.72.6+1
No qualification11821.717.314028.921.5-22
Inadequately described or not stated234.23.1377.65.7-14

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 - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 45.0% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, New South Wales - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 15.3% Certificate I and II Level, New South Wales - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 1.1% Certificate III & IV Level, New South Wales - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 15.4% Certificate Level, nfd, New South Wales - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 2.8% No qualification, New South Wales - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 17.3% Inadequately described or not stated, New South Wales - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 3.1% Bachelor or Higher degree, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 26.0% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 22.5% Certificate I and II Level, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 1.1% Certificate III & IV Level, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 21.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 3.5% No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 21.7% Inadequately described or not stated, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 4.2%
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 - Health Care and Social Assistance: +57 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance: +56 Certificate I and II Level, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance: +1 Certificate III & IV Level, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance: -21 Certificate Level, nfd, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance: +1 No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance: -22 Inadequately described or not stated, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance: -14
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 (Health Care and Social Assistance) in the Gunnedah Shire 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, 74.0% of the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) held educational qualifications, and 21.7% had no qualifications, compared with 79.6% and 17.3% respectively for New South Wales.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) of the Gunnedah Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (22.5% compared to 15.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) with Certificate III & IV Levels (21.0% compared to 15.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) with No qualifications (21.7% compared to 17.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) with Bachelor or Higher degrees (26.0% compared to 45.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) in the Gunnedah Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+57 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+56 people )

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