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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within the Inner West Council area, there are more with Management and Commerce qualifications than any other field of qualification.

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 the current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.

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

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The type of qualification required to enter an industry;
  • The availability of jobs related to fields of qualification in Inner West Council area;
  • The types of occupations which are available in an area or industry.

The fields of qualification held by local workers in a particular industry are likely to show the type of skills required in that industry.  Large numbers of a particular field of qualification in an industry may indicate that it is a pre-requisite for that industry. The presence of fields of qualification outside the main range of qualifications used in that industry may indicate that the industry values employees of a broad educational background, or that people haven't been able to find employment in their chosen field.

Field of Qualification information should be looked at in conjunction with Level of qualification and Occupation data for a clearer picture of the skills available for the local workers in Inner West Council area.

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, Inner West Council area 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.

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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Inner West Council area - All industries20162011Change
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1,2632.02.11,1091.92.0+154
Information Technology1,6262.63.01,3132.32.6+313
Engineering and Related Technologies5,0148.010.44,7268.310.8+288
Architecture and Building2,9044.74.42,6414.64.0+263
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies5230.81.54600.81.5+63
Health3,7095.97.13,1735.66.4+536
Education3,8666.25.43,4236.05.1+443
Management and Commerce10,39916.717.18,56315.015.5+1,836
Society and Culture6,71510.88.85,4709.67.6+1,245
Creative Arts4,3867.03.13,4776.12.7+909
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2,2083.53.32,0653.63.2+143
Mixed Field Programmes820.10.1410.10.1+41
Not stated or inadequately described1,7282.82.72,2343.93.5-506
No qualification17,97528.831.118,27132.134.9-296

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local workers field of qualification, 2016
Local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, New South Wales: 2.1% Information Technology, New South Wales: 3.0% Engineering and Related Technologies, New South Wales: 10.4% Architecture and Building, New South Wales: 4.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, New South Wales: 1.5% Health, New South Wales: 7.1% Education, New South Wales: 5.4% Management and Commerce, New South Wales: 17.1% Society and Culture, New South Wales: 8.8% Creative Arts, New South Wales: 3.1% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, New South Wales: 3.3% Mixed Field Programmes, New South Wales: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, New South Wales: 2.7% No qualification, New South Wales: 31.1% Natural and Physical Sciences, Inner West Council area: 2.0% Information Technology, Inner West Council area: 2.6% Engineering and Related Technologies, Inner West Council area: 8.0% Architecture and Building, Inner West Council area: 4.7% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Inner West Council area: 0.8% Health, Inner West Council area: 5.9% Education, Inner West Council area: 6.2% Management and Commerce, Inner West Council area: 16.7% Society and Culture, Inner West Council area: 10.8% Creative Arts, Inner West Council area: 7.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Inner West Council area: 3.5% Mixed Field Programmes, Inner West Council area: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Inner West Council area: 2.8% No qualification, Inner West Council area: 28.8%
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 field of qualification, 2016
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Inner West Council area - All industries: +154 Information Technology, Inner West Council area - All industries: +313 Engineering and Related Technologies, Inner West Council area - All industries: +288 Architecture and Building, Inner West Council area - All industries: +263 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Inner West Council area - All industries: +63 Health, Inner West Council area - All industries: +536 Education, Inner West Council area - All industries: +443 Management and Commerce, Inner West Council area - All industries: +1,836 Society and Culture, Inner West Council area - All industries: +1,245 Creative Arts, Inner West Council area - All industries: +909 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Inner West Council area - All industries: +143 Mixed Field Programmes, Inner West Council area - All industries: +41 Not stated or inadequately described, Inner West Council area - All industries: -506 No qualification, Inner West Council area - All industries: -296
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 fields of qualifications of the shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Management and Commerce (10,399 people or 16.7%)
  • Society and Culture (6,715 people or 10.8%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (5,014 people or 8.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 22,128 people in total or 35.5% of the .

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

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in the Inner West Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Creative Arts (7.0% compared to 3.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (10.8% compared to 8.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (8.0% compared to 10.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Health (5.9% compared to 7.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the workforce in the Inner West Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Management and Commerce (+1,836 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+1,245 local workers)
  • Creative Arts (+909 local workers)
  • Health (+536 local workers)

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