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Northern Beaches Council area

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the Northern Beaches Council area, the workforce has a higher proportion with tertiary qualifications compared to New South Wales.

Qualification levels help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of local workers in a particular industry.

The level of qualifications in a workforce relate to a number of factors including:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry;
  • The professional or working ambitions of people (to seek education as youth or retraining as adults);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling.

Educational Qualification statistics should be looked at in conjunction with Field of qualification and Occupation data for a full education analysis for Northern Beaches 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, Northern Beaches 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.

Local workers qualifications
Northern Beaches Council area - All industries20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree29,72333.732.623,85129.127.9+5,872
Advanced Diploma or Diploma11,82913.411.111,08813.510.5+741
Certificate I and II Level9111.01.21,0481.31.4-137
Certificate III & IV Level14,74716.718.714,01617.118.8+731
Certificate Level, nfd2,3512.72.31,8042.21.9+547
No qualification26,05529.531.126,21032.034.9-155
Inadequately described or not stated2,6253.02.93,8644.74.5-1,239

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

Local workers qualification, 2016
Local workers qualification, 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, New South Wales: 32.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, New South Wales: 11.1% 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% Bachelor or Higher degree, Northern Beaches Council area: 33.7% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Northern Beaches Council area: 13.4% Certificate I and II Level, Northern Beaches Council area: 1.0% Certificate III & IV Level, Northern Beaches Council area: 16.7% Certificate Level, nfd, Northern Beaches Council area: 2.7% No qualification, Northern Beaches Council area: 29.5%
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 qualification, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers qualification, 2011 to 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +5,872 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +741 Certificate I and II Level, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: -137 Certificate III & IV Level, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +731 Certificate Level, nfd, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +547 No qualification, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: -155
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 in the Northern Beaches Council area in 2016 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a higher proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 50.8% of the held educational qualifications, and 29.5% had no qualifications, compared with 47.2% and 31.1% respectively for New South Wales.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce in the Northern Beaches Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (13.4% compared to 11.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (33.7% compared to 32.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (16.7% compared to 18.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualifications (29.5% compared to 31.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+5,872 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+741 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+731 local workers)
  • Certificate Level, nfds (+547 local workers)

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