Inner West Council area

Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Management and Commerce is the most common qualification for workers in the Inner West Council area.

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 the 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 the Inner West Council area.

Data source

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, the 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 industries 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1,2632.022.101,1091.941.96+154
Information Technology1,6262.602.951,3132.302.59+313
Engineering and Related Technologies5,0148.0310.384,7268.2910.80+288
Architecture and Building2,9044.654.352,6414.634.04+263
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies5230.831.534600.801.51+63
Health3,7095.947.133,1735.566.43+536
Education3,8666.195.353,4236.005.14+443
Management and Commerce10,39916.6617.098,56315.0315.52+1,836
Society and Culture6,71510.768.775,4709.607.61+1,245
Creative Arts4,3867.023.063,4776.102.69+909
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2,2083.533.322,0653.623.22+143
Mixed Field Programmes820.130.10410.070.05+41
Not stated or inadequately described1,7282.762.692,2343.923.49-506
No qualification17,97528.8031.1318,27132.0734.86-296
Total Persons62,398100.00100.0056,966100.00100.00+5,432

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

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the fields of qualifications of the All industries 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 or35.5% of All industries.

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 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 smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (8.0% compared to 10.4%)
  • 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 Health (5.9% compared to 7.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Management and Commerce (+1,836.00 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+1,245.00 local workers)
  • Creative Arts (+909.00 local workers)
  • Health (+536.00 local workers)

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