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Local workers - Qualifications - Retail Trade

In the Gunnedah Shire, the Retail Trade workforce has a lower proportion with tertiary qualifications compared to the Administrative and Support Services 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 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.

Local workers qualifications
Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Administrative and Support Services %Number%Administrative and Support Services %2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree143.15.9183.53.4-4
Advanced Diploma or Diploma276.16.7203.83.4+7
Certificate I and II Level132.9--203.85.7-7
Certificate III & IV Level9220.727.78416.216.1+8
Certificate Level, nfd81.84.2122.35.7-4
No qualification27461.649.635067.358.6-76
Inadequately described or not stated173.85.9163.16.9+1

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, Administrative and Support Services: 5.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Administrative and Support Services: 6.7% Certificate III & IV Level, Administrative and Support Services: 27.7% Certificate Level, nfd, Administrative and Support Services: 4.2% No qualification, Administrative and Support Services: 49.6% Bachelor or Higher degree, Retail Trade: 3.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Retail Trade: 6.1% Certificate I and II Level, Retail Trade: 2.9% Certificate III & IV Level, Retail Trade: 20.7% Certificate Level, nfd, Retail Trade: 1.8% No qualification, Retail Trade: 61.6%
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 - Retail Trade: -4 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: +7 Certificate I and II Level, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: -7 Certificate III & IV Level, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: +8 Certificate Level, nfd, Gunnedah Shire - Retail Trade: -4 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 qualifications of the Retail Trade in the Gunnedah Shire in 2016 compared to the Administrative and Support Services 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), and a higher proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 13.9% of the Retail Trade held educational qualifications, and 61.6% had no qualifications, compared with 16.8% and 49.6% respectively for the Administrative and Support Services workforce within Gunnedah Shire.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualifications (61.6% compared to 49.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate I and II Levels (2.9% compared to 0.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (20.7% compared to 27.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (3.1% compared to 5.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • No qualifications (-76 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+8 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+7 local workers)
  • Certificate I and II Levels (-7 local workers)

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