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Toowoomba Regional Council area

Resident workers - Hours worked

43.2% of the resident workers (All industries) in the Toowoomba Regional Council area work 40 or more hours, compared to 43.2% in Victoria.

Hours worked shows the distribution of employment hours for Toowoomba Regional Council area's residents. Full-time employment is considered 35-hours and over.

The hours worked by employed people in Toowoomba Regional Council area depends on a number of factors:

  • The availability and take-up of part-time work;
  • The industry sector in which they work;
  • The occupation level and requirement or opportunity to work overtime, and;
  • The age structure and household structure of the working population.

Hours worked statistics should be viewed in conjunction with Age structure Occupations, and Income to provide more insight into the observations made.

Data source

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

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Resident workers hours worked
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries 20162011Change
Hours workedNumber%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2011 - 2016
None2,5663.63.42,7194.03.9-153
1 hour - 15 hours7,85811.011.07,30810.610.4+550
16 hours - 24 hours6,4239.09.45,9958.78.8+428
25 hours - 34 hours8,48511.912.07,54311.010.8+942
35 hours - 39 hours13,94719.619.213,12519.118.1+822
40 hours10,83015.217.210,19114.816.8+639
41 hours - 48 hours6,9379.79.47,19410.510.5-257
49 hours or more12,96518.216.613,25719.318.4-292
Not stated1,1801.71.81,4892.22.2-309
Total Persons71,191100.0100.068,821100.0100.0+2,370

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

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the hours worked by the Toowoomba Regional Council area's resident workers in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion of people who worked part-time (34 hours or less) and a higher proportion of people worked full-time (35 hours or more).

Overall, 35.6% of the resident workers in All industries worked part-time (34 hours or less), and 62.8% worked full-time (35 hours or more), compared with 35.8% and 62.4% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between the hours worked by the resident workers (All industries) of the Toowoomba Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers worked 16 hours - 24 hours (9.0% compared to 9.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers worked 35 hours - 39 hours (19.6% compared to 19.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers worked 40 hours (15.2% compared to 17.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers worked 49 hours or more (18.2% compared to 16.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of the resident workers (All industries) working full-time (35 hours or more) in the Toowoomba Regional Council area increased by 912 people (2.1%).

The largest changes in hours worked by the resident workers (All industries) in the Toowoomba Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • 25 hours - 34 hours (+942 persons)
  • 35 hours - 39 hours (+822 persons)
  • 40 hours (+639 persons)
  • 1 hour - 15 hours (+550 persons)

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