City of Merri-bek

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce in the City of Merri-bek 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 the City of Merri-bek'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 the City of Merri-bek or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of the City of Merri-bek, 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 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
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Resident workers field of qualification
City of Merri-bek - Persons20212016Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. VictoriaNumber%. Victoria2016 - 2021
Natural and Physical Sciences3,7634.02.62,9183.62.4+845
Information Technology4,0294.33.93,1143.93.1+915
Engineering and Related Technologies7,4638.09.76,6108.210.1+853
Architecture and Building3,8224.14.63,3054.14.6+517
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1,0231.11.58621.11.6+161
Management and Commerce14,03615.115.811,75614.615.0+2,280
Society and Culture12,34413.39.69,60812.08.9+2,736
Creative Arts7,8618.43.65,8137.23.2+2,048
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2,7402.93.52,6013.23.6+139
Mixed Field Programmes540.10.1930.10.1-39
Not stated or inadequately described3,0103.23.12,6653.32.9+345
No qualification19,54721.027.820,71525.831.5-1,168
Total Persons93,061100.0100.080,346100.0100.0+12,715

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications in the City of Merri-bek shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (14,036 people or 15.1%)
  • Society and Culture (12,344 people or 13.3%)
  • Health (7,901 people or 8.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 34,281 people in total or 36.8% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, Victoria employed 15.8% in Management and Commerce; 9.6% in Society and Culture and 8.5% in Health.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of the City of Merri-bek and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Creative Arts (8.4% compared to 3.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture (13.3% compared to 9.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (8.0% compared to 9.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Natural and Physical Sciences (4.0% compared to 2.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the City of Merri-bek increased by 12,715 between 2016 and 2021.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2016 and 2021 in the City of Merri-bek was for those qualified in:

  • Society and Culture (+2,736 resident workers)
  • Health (+2,350 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+2,280 resident workers)
  • Creative Arts (+2,048 resident workers)

City of Merri-bek

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