Local workers - Qualifications - Health Care and Social Assistance
In the Gunnedah Shire, the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce has a lower proportion with tertiary qualifications compared to Regional NSW.
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
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 - Health Care and Social Assistance||2016||2011||Change|
|Qualification level||Number||%||Regional NSW %||Number||%||Regional NSW %||2011 to 2016|
|Bachelor or Higher degree||127||25.3||36.5||82||17.9||31.8||+45||25001|
|Advanced Diploma or Diploma||109||21.7||16.7||62||13.6||14.2||+47||25002|
|Certificate I and II Level||4||0.8||1.4||9||2.0||1.7||-5||25005|
|Certificate III & IV Level||108||21.5||21.1||121||26.5||20.8||-13||25006|
|Certificate Level, nfd||20||4.0||3.3||15||3.3||3.0||+5||25007|
|Inadequately described or not stated||22||4.4||3.2||36||7.9||6.1||-14||25009|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
Analysis of the qualifications of the Health Care and Social Assistance in the Gunnedah Shire in 2016 compared to Regional NSW 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, 51.8% of the Health Care and Social Assistance held educational qualifications, and 22.3% had no qualifications, compared with 57.9% and 17.8% respectively for Regional NSW.
The major differences between the qualifications held by the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce in the Gunnedah Shire and Regional NSW were:
- A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (21.7% compared to 16.7%)
- A larger percentage of local workers with No qualifications (22.3% compared to 17.8%)
- A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate Level, nfds (4.0% compared to 3.3%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (25.3% compared to 36.5%)
The largest changes in the qualifications held by the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce in the Gunnedah Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:
- Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+47 local workers)
- Bachelor or Higher degrees (+45 local workers)
- No qualifications (-20 local workers)
- Certificate III & IV Levels (-13 local workers)