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Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the Gunnedah Shire, the workforce has a lower proportion with University qualifications compared to Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.

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 Occupations data for a full education analysis for the Gunnedah Shire.

Data source

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, the 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 qualifications
Gunnedah Shire - All industries 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. Rental, Hiring and Real Estate ServicesNumber%. Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree77015.817.363513.19.4+135
Advanced Diploma or Diploma4559.45.33737.720.3+82
Certificate I and II Level931.95.31052.20-12
Certificate III & IV Level1,21425.020.01,11323.017.2+101
Certificate Level, nfd1523.15.31072.20+45
No qualification1,96540.440.02,27647.142.2-311
Inadequately described or not stated2164.46.72284.710.9-12
Total Persons4,865100.0100.04,837100.0100.0+28

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

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the in the Gunnedah Shire in 2016 compared to Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services shows that there was a higher proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 55.2% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 40.4% had no qualifications, compared with 53.3% and 40.0% respectively for Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce of the Gunnedah Shire and Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (25.0% compared to 20.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (9.4% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Certificate I and II Level (1.9% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Inadequately described or not stated (4.4% compared to 6.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualification (-311 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+135 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+101 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+82 local workers)

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