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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Employment self-containment - Occupation

In 2016, 91.4% of RDA Darling Downs and South West Region’s resident workers were employed locally

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Self-containment measures the proportion of resident workers who are employed within the boundaries of the Local Government Area or region. It indicates the propensity of residents to seek employment outside the Local Government Area or region in which they live.

Self containment is likely to be higher for regional areas and, lower in metropolitan areas and is influenced by:

  • The nature of employment opportunities versus the skills and qualifications of residents;
  • Transport options available and commuting times;
  • Relationship between wages and salaries and house prices in the area; and
  • The geographic size of the area.

Employment self-containment data should be viewed in conjunction with detailed Residents place of work data to see where resident workers are accessing employment, along with Jobs to workers ratio data which provides the theoretical number of jobs which could be provided to residents of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in the local area, and is updated annually. The Resident workers section will provide the characteristics of resident workers.

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, RDA Darling Downs and South West 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.

Employment self-containment by occupation
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region20162011Change
OccupationTotal resident workersResident workers employed in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region% resident workers employed in the RDA Darling Downs and South West RegionTotal employed residentsResident workers employed in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region% resident workers employed in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region2011 to 2016
Managers17,62116,54093.917,90817,44097.4-3.5%
Professionals18,56117,40793.817,02716,31195.8-2.0%
Technicians and Trades Workers16,84514,46985.915,22614,57995.8-9.9%
Community and Personal Service Workers12,02711,32394.110,46210,19897.5-3.3%
Clerical and Administrative Workers14,40713,87496.314,56114,29198.1-1.8%
Sales Workers10,0549,68896.49,8109,66098.5-2.1%
Machinery Operators And Drivers8,8777,55585.18,8368,20392.8-7.7%
Labourers15,51213,78288.814,73114,22396.6-7.7%
Inadequately described or not stated1,5921,44190.51,7641,72197.6-7.1%

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

Employment self-containment by occupation 2016
Employment self-containment by occupation 2016 Labourers, % of industry self-containment: 88.8% Machinery Operators And Drivers, % of industry self-containment: 85.1% Sales Workers, % of industry self-containment: 96.4% Clerical and Administrative Workers, % of industry self-containment: 96.3% Community and Personal Service Workers, % of industry self-containment: 94.1% Technicians and Trades Workers, % of industry self-containment: 85.9% Professionals, % of industry self-containment: 93.8% Managers, % of industry self-containment: 93.9% Labourers, Resident workers employed locally: 13,782 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Resident workers employed locally: 7,555 Sales Workers, Resident workers employed locally: 9,688 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Resident workers employed locally: 13,874 Community and Personal Service Workers, Resident workers employed locally: 11,323 Technicians and Trades Workers, Resident workers employed locally: 14,469 Professionals, Resident workers employed locally: 17,407 Managers, Resident workers employed locally: 16,540 Labourers, Total resident workers: 15,512 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Total resident workers: 8,877 Sales Workers, Total resident workers: 10,054 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Total resident workers: 14,407 Community and Personal Service Workers, Total resident workers: 12,027 Technicians and Trades Workers, Total resident workers: 16,845 Professionals, Total resident workers: 18,561 Managers, Total resident workers: 17,621
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016.
Change in self-containment percentage by occupation, 2011 to 2016
Change in self-containment percentage by occupation, 2011 to 2016 Labourers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -7.7% Machinery Operators And Drivers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -7.7% Sales Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -2.1% Clerical and Administrative Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -1.8% Community and Personal Service Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -3.3% Technicians and Trades Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -9.9% Professionals, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -2.0% Managers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -3.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016.
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