Hornsby Shire

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce in Hornsby Shire than in any other field.

Field of qualification presents the primary field of study for the highest qualification the person has received. While this is likely to have some relationship to their current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.

The presence of specific qualifications among Hornsby Shire's resident workforce, which are not used by local industry, may indicate an opportunity for a new industry to move into the area and access a ready labour force.

The field of study relates to a number of factors, such as:

  • The age of the population;
  • The types of industries and occupations located in Hornsby Shire or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Hornsby Shire, and;
  • The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.

Field of Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Qualification and Occupations statistics for a clearer picture of the skills available in the resident worker population.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers field of qualification
Hornsby Shire - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences2,5873.72.12,4513.52.0+136
Information Technology4,2236.03.03,3774.92.6+846
Engineering and Related Technologies7,41510.510.47,61311.010.8-198
Architecture and Building2,6343.74.42,4763.64.1+158
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies9291.31.59301.31.5-1
Management and Commerce14,76920.917.113,45219.515.5+1,317
Society and Culture6,4319.18.85,7948.47.6+637
Creative Arts2,3883.43.12,1463.12.7+242
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1,6252.33.31,6332.43.2-8
Mixed Field Programmes470.10.1410.10.1+6
Not stated or inadequately described1,4582.12.71,8342.73.5-376
No qualification16,49523.331.118,04626.134.8-1,551
Total Persons70,797100.0100.069,148100.0100.0+1,649

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id informed decisions

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications in Hornsby Shire shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (14,769 people or 20.9%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (7,415 people or 10.5%)
  • Society and Culture (6,431 people or 9.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 28,615 people in total or 40.4% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, New South Wales employed 17.1% in Management and Commerce; 10.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies and 8.8% in Society and Culture.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of Hornsby Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (20.9% compared to 17.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Information Technology (6.0% compared to 3.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Natural and Physical Sciences (3.7% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (2.3% compared to 3.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in Hornsby Shire increased by 1,649 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2011 and 2016 in Hornsby Shire was for those qualified in:

  • Management and Commerce (+1,317 resident workers)
  • Information Technology (+846 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+637 resident workers)
  • Health (+503 resident workers)

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