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Resident workers - Qualifications

57.1% of the resident workers in the Northern Beaches Council area have qualifications, compared to 47.2% for New South Wales.

Education is an essential means of building the knowledge and skill levels of the labour force, which is a key factor in achieving future economic and social development.

The level of educational attainment for the Northern Beaches Council area's resident workforce relates to a number of factors including:

  • The age structure of the resident workforce;
  • The professional or social ambitions of people to obtain qualifications (that is, to seek education and retraining);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling, and;
  • The knowledge and skill requirements of the local industries.

Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Income, Occupation and Field of qualification for a clearer picture of the knowledge and skill level of Northern Beaches Council area's local resident workers.

When comparing the Qualifications of local resident worker with local workers, Qualifications statistics indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

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

Resident workers qualifications
Northern Beaches Council area 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%New South Wales%Number%New South Wales%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree52,39040.432.643,16435.527.9+9,226
Advanced Diploma or Diploma17,21613.311.216,52513.610.5+691
Certificate I and II Level1,1720.91.21,4311.21.4-259
Certificate III & IV Level19,46415.018.718,77415.418.9+690
Certificate Level, nfd3,2912.52.32,6722.21.9+619
No qualification32,57925.131.133,66327.734.8-1,084
Inadequately described or not stated3,5682.82.95,3944.44.5-1,826

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

Resident workers qualifications, 2016
Resident workers qualifications, 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, New South Wales : 32.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, New South Wales : 11.2% Certificate I and II Level, New South Wales : 1.2% Certificate III & IV Level, New South Wales : 18.7% Certificate Level, nfd, New South Wales : 2.3% No qualification, New South Wales : 31.1% Inadequately described or not stated, New South Wales : 2.9% Bachelor or Higher degree, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 40.4% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 13.3% Certificate I and II Level, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 0.9% Certificate III & IV Level, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 15.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 2.5% No qualification, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 25.1% Inadequately described or not stated, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 2.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers qualifications, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers qualifications, 2011 to 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +9,226 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +691 Certificate I and II Level, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: -259 Certificate III & IV Level, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +690 Certificate Level, nfd, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +619 No qualification, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: -1,084 Inadequately described or not stated, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: -1,826
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 qualifications of the resident workers in the Northern Beaches Council area in 2016 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 57.1% of the resident workers held educational qualifications, and 25.1% had no qualifications, compared with 47.2% and 31.1% respectively for New South Wales.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers of the Northern Beaches Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (40.4% compared to 32.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (13.3% compared to 11.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (25.1% compared to 31.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (15.0% compared to 18.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers in the Northern Beaches Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+9,226 people )
  • No qualifications (-1,084 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+691 people )
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+690 people )

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