City of Perth

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce in the City of Perth 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 Perth'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 Perth 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 Perth, 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 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers field of qualification
City of Perth - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences6174.92.55134.82.3+104
Information Technology4163.31.83603.41.6+56
Engineering and Related Technologies1,75213.814.11,70416.013.8+48
Architecture and Building4083.24.33863.64.1+22
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1120.91.61061.01.5+6
Health1,0698.47.57857.46.3+284
Education3773.05.83042.95.2+73
Management and Commerce2,67221.113.02,10219.811.4+570
Society and Culture1,41911.27.31,07510.16.2+344
Creative Arts3612.82.13032.81.9+58
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services5064.03.73543.33.4+152
Mixed Field Programmes340.30.1100.10.1+24
Not stated or inadequately described2852.22.52442.33.2+41
No qualification2,64220.933.72,39022.538.9+252
Total Persons12,670100.0100.010,636100.0100.0+2,034

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

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

  • Management and Commerce (2,672 people or 21.1%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,752 people or 13.8%)
  • Society and Culture (1,419 people or 11.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 5,843 people in total or 46.1% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, Western Australia employed 13.0% in Management and Commerce; 14.1% in Engineering and Related Technologies and 7.3% in Society and Culture.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of the City of Perth and Western Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (21.1% compared to 13.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture (11.2% compared to 7.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Education (3.0% compared to 5.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Natural and Physical Sciences (4.9% compared to 2.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the City of Perth increased by 2,034 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2011 and 2016 in the City of Perth was for those qualified in:

  • Management and Commerce (+570 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+344 resident workers)
  • Health (+284 resident workers)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (+152 resident workers)

City of Perth

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