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Western Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Hours worked

58.6% of the resident workers (Wholesale Trade) in Western Downs Regional Council area work 40 or more hours, compared to 55.9% in Queensland.

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%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
None194.72.281.92.5+11
1 hour - 15 hours368.85.2317.45.2+5
16 hours - 24 hours317.65.2163.85.4+15
25 hours - 34 hours133.27.1368.67.1-23
35 hours - 39 hours6515.923.74310.220.4+22
40 hours8721.323.29121.622.4-4
41 hours - 48 hours5513.513.76515.414.2-10
49 hours or more9723.818.911627.621.5-19
Not stated51.20.7153.61.3-10

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, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 2.2% 1 hour - 15 hours, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 5.2% 16 hours - 24 hours, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 5.2% 25 hours - 34 hours, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 7.1% 35 hours - 39 hours, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 23.7% 40 hours, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 23.2% 41 hours - 48 hours, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 13.7% 49 hours or more, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 18.9% Not stated, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 0.7% None, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 4.7% 1 hour - 15 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 8.8% 16 hours - 24 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 7.6% 25 hours - 34 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 3.2% 35 hours - 39 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 15.9% 40 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 21.3% 41 hours - 48 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 13.5% 49 hours or more, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 23.8% Not stated, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 1.2%
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 - Wholesale Trade: +11 1 hour - 15 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: +5 16 hours - 24 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: +15 25 hours - 34 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: -23 35 hours - 39 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: +22 40 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: -4 41 hours - 48 hours, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: -10 49 hours or more, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: -19 Not stated, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: -10
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 (Wholesale Trade) in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a higher proportion of people who worked part-time (34 hours or less) and a lower proportion of people worked full-time (35 hours or more).

Overall, 24.3% of the resident workers (Wholesale Trade) worked part-time (34 hours or less), and 74.5% worked full-time (35 hours or more), compared with 19.7% and 79.6% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between the hours worked by the resident workers (Wholesale Trade) of Western Downs Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) worked 49 hours or more (23.8% compared to 18.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) worked 1 hour - 15 hours (8.8% compared to 5.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) worked 35 hours - 39 hours (15.9% compared to 23.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) worked 25 hours - 34 hours (3.2% compared to 7.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, the number of the resident workers (Wholesale Trade) working full-time (35 hours or more) in Western Downs Regional Council area decreased by 11 people (3.5%).

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

  • 25 hours - 34 hours (-23 people)
  • 35 hours - 39 hours (+22 people)
  • 49 hours or more (-19 people)
  • 16 hours - 24 hours (+15 people)

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