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Local workers - Field of qualification - Retail Trade

Within the Gunnedah Shire, there are more Retail Trade with Management and Commerce qualifications than any other field of qualification.

Field of Qualification presents the primary field of study for the highest qualification the person has received. While this is likely to have some relationship to the current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.

The field of study relates to a number of factors, such as:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The type of qualification required to enter an industry;
  • The availability of jobs related to fields of qualification in Gunnedah Shire;
  • The types of occupations which are available in an area or industry.

The fields of qualification held by local workers in a particular industry are likely to show the type of skills required in that industry.  Large numbers of a particular field of qualification in an industry may indicate that it is a pre-requisite for that industry. The presence of fields of qualification outside the main range of qualifications used in that industry may indicate that the industry values employees of a broad educational background, or that people haven't been able to find employment in their chosen field.

Field of Qualification information should be looked at in conjunction with Level of qualification and Occupation data for a clearer picture of the skills available for the local workers in Gunnedah Shire.

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, Gunnedah Shire 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 field of qualification - Summary
Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade20162011Change
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Administrative and Support Services %Number%Administrative and Support Services %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences00.03.930.60.0-3
Information Technology00.0--51.0---5
Engineering and Related Technologies235.17.9305.87.3-7
Architecture and Building40.90.051.03.7-1
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies112.46.371.43.7+4
Health153.37.9224.37.3-7
Education61.33.930.63.7+3
Management and Commerce5311.811.0428.18.5+11
Society and Culture102.29.4142.70.0-4
Creative Arts51.1--00.0--+5
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services327.1--275.2--+5
Mixed Field Programmes--------------
Not stated or inadequately described163.63.191.73.7+7
No qualification27461.046.535067.762.2-76

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

Local workers field of qualification, 2016
Local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Administrative and Support Services: 3.9% Engineering and Related Technologies, Administrative and Support Services: 7.9% Architecture and Building, Administrative and Support Services: 0.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Administrative and Support Services: 6.3% Health, Administrative and Support Services: 7.9% Education, Administrative and Support Services: 3.9% Management and Commerce, Administrative and Support Services: 11.0% Society and Culture, Administrative and Support Services: 9.4% Not stated or inadequately described, Administrative and Support Services: 3.1% No qualification, Administrative and Support Services: 46.5% Natural and Physical Sciences, Retail Trade: 0.0% Information Technology, Retail Trade: 0.0% Engineering and Related Technologies, Retail Trade: 5.1% Architecture and Building, Retail Trade: 0.9% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Retail Trade: 2.4% Health, Retail Trade: 3.3% Education, Retail Trade: 1.3% Management and Commerce, Retail Trade: 11.8% Society and Culture, Retail Trade: 2.2% Creative Arts, Retail Trade: 1.1% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Retail Trade: 7.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Retail Trade: 3.6% No qualification, Retail Trade: 61.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: -3 Information Technology, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: -5 Engineering and Related Technologies, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: -7 Architecture and Building, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: -1 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: +4 Health, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: -7 Education, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: +3 Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: +11 Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: -4 Creative Arts, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: +5 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: +5 Not stated or inadequately described, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: +7 No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: -76
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 fields of qualifications of the Retail Trade shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Management and Commerce (53 people or 11.8%)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (32 people or 7.1%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (23 people or 5.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 108 people in total or 24.0% of the Retail Trade .

In comparison, the Administrative and Support Services workforce within Gunnedah Shire employed 11.0% in Management and Commerce; % in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services; and 7.9% in Engineering and Related Technologies.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the Retail Trade workforce in the Gunnedah Shire and the Administrative and Support Services workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (7.1% compared to 0.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (2.2% compared to 9.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Health (3.3% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Natural and Physical Sciences (0.0% compared to 3.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the Retail Trade workforce in the Gunnedah Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Management and Commerce (+11 local workers)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (-7 local workers)
  • Health (-7 local workers)
  • Information Technology (-5 local workers)

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