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Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the Gunnedah Shire, the have a lower proportion with tertiary qualifications compared to the Information Media and Telecommunications workforce.

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%Information Media and Telecom-munications %
Bachelor or Higher degree77015.819.2
Advanced Diploma or Diploma4559.426.9
Certificate III & IV Level1,21425.011.5
No qualification1,96540.442.3

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, Information Media and Telecommunications: 19.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Information Media and Telecommunications: 26.9% Certificate III & IV Level, Information Media and Telecommunications: 11.5% No qualification, Information Media and Telecommunications: 42.3% Bachelor or Higher degree, All industries: 15.8% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, All industries: 9.4% Certificate III & IV Level, All industries: 25.0% No qualification, All industries: 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 III & IV Level, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +1,214 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 the Information Media and Telecommunications workforce within Gunnedah Shire shows that there was a lower proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), as well as a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 25.2% of the held educational qualifications, and 40.4% had no qualifications, compared with 46.2% and 42.3% respectively for the Information Media and Telecommunications workforce within Gunnedah Shire.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the in the Gunnedah Shire and the Information Media and Telecommunications workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (25.0% compared to 11.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (9.4% compared to 26.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (15.8% compared to 19.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualifications (40.4% compared to 42.3%)

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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