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Western Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Hours worked

52.2% of the resident workers in Western Downs Regional Council area work 40 or more hours, compared to 39.0% in Education and Training.

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

The hours worked by employed people in Western Downs 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.

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

Resident workers hours worked
Western Downs Regional Council area 20162011Change
Hours workedNumber%Education and Training%Number%Education and Training%2011 to 2016
None5353.73.15323.74.9+3
1 hour - 15 hours1,56010.813.11,3389.214.1+222
16 hours - 24 hours1,0887.511.81,0417.213.0+47
25 hours - 34 hours1,45610.119.51,3969.618.8+60
35 hours - 39 hours1,95113.511.51,73111.910.2+220
40 hours2,00313.912.12,04514.112.3-42
41 hours - 48 hours1,4359.99.71,3909.68.7+45
49 hours or more4,08928.317.14,66832.117.2-579
Not stated3122.22.03952.70.9-83

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

Resident workers hours worked, 2016
Resident workers hours worked, 2016 None, Western Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training : 3.1% 1 hour - 15 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training : 13.1% 16 hours - 24 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training : 11.8% 25 hours - 34 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training : 19.5% 35 hours - 39 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training : 11.5% 40 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training : 12.1% 41 hours - 48 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training : 9.7% 49 hours or more, Western Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training : 17.1% Not stated, Western Downs Regional Council area - Education and Training : 2.0% None, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 3.7% 1 hour - 15 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 10.8% 16 hours - 24 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 7.5% 25 hours - 34 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 10.1% 35 hours - 39 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 13.5% 40 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 13.9% 41 hours - 48 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 9.9% 49 hours or more, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 28.3% Not stated, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 2.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers hours worked, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers hours worked, 2011 to 2016 None, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +3 1 hour - 15 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +222 16 hours - 24 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +47 25 hours - 34 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +60 35 hours - 39 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +220 40 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -42 41 hours - 48 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +45 49 hours or more, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -579 Not stated, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -83
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 hours worked by Western Downs Regional Council area's resident workers in 2016 compared to Education and Training 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, 32.2% of the resident workers worked part-time (34 hours or less), and 65.7% worked full-time (35 hours or more), compared with 47.5% and 50.5% respectively for Education and Training.

The major differences between the hours worked by the resident workers of Western Downs Regional Council area and Education and Training were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers worked 49 hours or more (28.3% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers worked 25 hours - 34 hours (10.1% compared to 19.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers worked 16 hours - 24 hours (7.5% compared to 11.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers worked 1 hour - 15 hours (10.8% compared to 13.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, the number of the resident workers working full-time (35 hours or more) in Western Downs Regional Council area decreased by 356 people (3.6%).

The largest changes in hours worked by the resident workers in Western Downs Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • 49 hours or more (-579 people)
  • 1 hour - 15 hours (+222 people)
  • 35 hours - 39 hours (+220 people)
  • Not stated (-83 people)

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