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Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the NSROC Region, 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 NSROC Region.

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, NSROC Region 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
NSROC Region - All industries20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree157,58149.632.6130,80044.327.9+26,781
Advanced Diploma or Diploma37,23511.711.136,91612.510.5+319
Certificate I and II Level2,3500.71.22,9691.01.4-619
Certificate III & IV Level33,03710.418.733,06411.218.8-27
Certificate Level, nfd6,3092.02.35,3651.81.9+944
No qualification72,98623.031.175,10125.434.9-2,115
Inadequately described or not stated8,2332.62.911,2683.84.5-3,035

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, NSROC Region: 49.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, NSROC Region: 11.7% Certificate I and II Level, NSROC Region: 0.7% Certificate III & IV Level, NSROC Region: 10.4% Certificate Level, nfd, NSROC Region: 2.0% No qualification, NSROC Region: 23.0%
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, NSROC Region - All industries: +26,781 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, NSROC Region - All industries: +319 Certificate I and II Level, NSROC Region - All industries: -619 Certificate III & IV Level, NSROC Region - All industries: -27 Certificate Level, nfd, NSROC Region - All industries: +944 No qualification, NSROC Region - All industries: -2,115
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 NSROC Region 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, 64.0% of the held educational qualifications, and 23.0% 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 NSROC Region and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (49.6% compared to 32.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (11.7% compared to 11.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (10.4% compared to 18.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualifications (23.0% compared to 31.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in the NSROC Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+26,781 local workers)
  • No qualifications (-2,115 local workers)
  • Certificate Level, nfds (+944 local workers)
  • Certificate I and II Levels (-619 local workers)

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