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Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the Gunnedah Shire, the have a lower proportion with tertiary qualifications compared to New South Wales.

Qualification levels help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of local workers in a particular industry.

The level of qualifications in a workforce relate to a number of factors including:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry;
  • The professional or working ambitions of people (to seek education as youth or retraining as adults);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling.

Educational Qualification statistics should be looked at in conjunction with Field of qualification and Occupation data for a full education analysis for Gunnedah Shire.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by place of work

Please note: Currently only 2016 data are available for work destination. 2011 data are not comparable due to a change in methodology in 2016 which “imputed” a work destination to those workers who didn’t state their work destination. This means comparisons with earlier years should not be made. .id are currently sourcing data collected under the same methodology in 2011 which will be added to this page at a later date. For a detailed case study of this issue please visit our blog post.

Local workers qualifications
Gunnedah Shire - All industries2016
Qualification levelNumber%New South Wales %
Bachelor or Higher degree77015.832.6
Advanced Diploma or Diploma4559.411.1
Certificate I and II Level931.91.2
Certificate III & IV Level1,21425.018.7
Certificate Level, nfd1523.12.3
No qualification1,96540.431.1
Inadequately described or not stated2164.42.9

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

Local workers qualification, 2016
Local workers qualification, 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, New South Wales: 32.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, New South Wales: 11.1% 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% Bachelor or Higher degree, Gunnedah Shire: 15.8% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Gunnedah Shire: 9.4% Certificate I and II Level, Gunnedah Shire: 1.9% Certificate III & IV Level, Gunnedah Shire: 25.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Gunnedah Shire: 3.1% No qualification, Gunnedah Shire: 40.4%
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 qualification, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers qualification, 2011 to 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +770 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +455 Certificate I and II Level, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +93 Certificate III & IV Level, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +1,214 Certificate Level, nfd, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +152 No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +1,965
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 in the Gunnedah Shire in 2016 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a lower proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 30.2% of the held educational qualifications, and 40.4% had no qualifications, compared with 47.2% and 31.1% respectively for New South Wales.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the in the Gunnedah Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualifications (40.4% compared to 31.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (25.0% compared to 18.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (15.8% compared to 32.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (9.4% compared to 11.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the in the Gunnedah Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualifications (+1,965 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+1,214 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+770 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+455 local workers)

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