In the Gunnedah Shire, the Retail Trade workforce has a higher proportion with University qualifications compared to Health Care and Social Assistance.
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.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work
|Local workers qualifications|
|Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade||2016||2011||Change|
|Qualification level||Number||%||Health Care and Social Assistance||Number||%||Health Care and Social Assistance||2011 - 2016|
|Bachelor or Higher degree||14||3.1||25.3||18||3.5||17.9||-4|
|Advanced Diploma or Diploma||27||6.1||21.7||20||3.8||13.6||+7|
|Certificate I and II Level||13||2.9||0.8||20||3.8||2.0||-7|
|Certificate III & IV Level||92||20.7||21.5||84||16.2||26.5||+8|
|Certificate Level, nfd||8||1.8||4.0||12||2.3||3.3||-4|
|Inadequately described or not stated||17||3.8||4.4||16||3.1||7.9||+1|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Analysis of the qualifications of the in the Gunnedah Shire in 2016 compared to Health Care and Social Assistance 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, 34.6% of the workers (Retail Trade) who held educational qualifications, and 61.6% had no qualifications, compared with 73.3% and 22.3% respectively for Health Care and Social Assistance.
The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce (Retail Trade) of the Gunnedah Shire and Health Care and Social Assistance were:
- A larger percentage of local workers (Retail Trade) with No qualification (61.6% compared to 22.3%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers (Retail Trade) with Bachelor or Higher degree (3.1% compared to 25.3%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers (Retail Trade) with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (6.1% compared to 21.7%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers (Retail Trade) with Certificate Level, nfd (1.8% compared to 4.0%)
The largest changes in the qualifications held by the Retail Trade workforce in the Gunnedah Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:
- No qualification (-76 local workers)
- Certificate III & IV Level (+8 local workers)
- Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+7 local workers)
- Certificate I and II Level (-7 local workers)