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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Employment self-sufficiency - Occupation

“In 2011 91.7% of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region’s local workers were residents.

Self-sufficiency measures the proportion of local workers in the local area who also live in the Local Government Area or region. It indicates the level at which the resident workers meet the labour requirements of the local industries or businesses.

Self-sufficiency is likely to be higher for regional areas, 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-sufficiency data should be viewed in conjunction with detailed Workers place of residence data to see how far workers are travelling to access employment in the area, as well as Worker productivity and Local workers income and Local workers hours worked data to look at the value of local workers contributions. 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-sufficiency by occupation
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region20162011Change
OccupationTotal local workersLocal workers residing in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region% Occupation self- sufficiencyTotal local workersLocal workers residing in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region% Occupation self- sufficiency2011 to 2016
Managers17,63416,54093.818,29117,44095.3-1.6%
Professionals19,04917,40791.417,45916,31193.4-2.0%
Technicians and Trades Workers16,46214,46987.915,94114,57991.5-3.6%
Community and Personal Service Workers12,03211,32394.110,69910,19895.3-1.2%
Clerical and Administrative Workers14,73413,87494.215,00014,29195.3-1.1%
Sales Workers10,1619,68895.310,0439,66096.2-0.8%
Machinery Operators And Drivers8,7217,55586.68,9948,20391.2-4.6%
Labourers14,77113,78293.315,10714,22394.1-0.8%
Inadequately described or not stated1,5591,44192.41,8021,72195.5-3.1%

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-sufficiency by occupation 2016
Employment self-sufficiency by occupation 2016 Labourers, % of occupation self-sufficiency: 93.3% Machinery Operators And Drivers, % of occupation self-sufficiency: 86.6% Sales Workers, % of occupation self-sufficiency: 95.3% Clerical and Administrative Workers, % of occupation self-sufficiency: 94.2% Community and Personal Service Workers, % of occupation self-sufficiency: 94.1% Technicians and Trades Workers, % of occupation self-sufficiency: 87.9% Professionals, % of occupation self-sufficiency: 91.4% Managers, % of occupation self-sufficiency: 93.8% Labourers, Local workers residing locally: 13,782 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Local workers residing locally: 7,555 Sales Workers, Local workers residing locally: 9,688 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Local workers residing locally: 13,874 Community and Personal Service Workers, Local workers residing locally: 11,323 Technicians and Trades Workers, Local workers residing locally: 14,469 Professionals, Local workers residing locally: 17,407 Managers, Local workers residing locally: 16,540 Labourers, Total local workers: 14,771 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Total local workers: 8,721 Sales Workers, Total local workers: 10,161 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Total local workers: 14,734 Community and Personal Service Workers, Total local workers: 12,032 Technicians and Trades Workers, Total local workers: 16,462 Professionals, Total local workers: 19,049 Managers, Total local workers: 17,634
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016.
Change in self-sufficiency percentage by occupation, 2011 to 2016
Change in self-sufficiency percentage by occupation, 2011 to 2016 Labourers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -0.8% Machinery Operators And Drivers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -4.6% Sales Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -0.8% Clerical and Administrative Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -1.1% Community and Personal Service Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -1.2% Technicians and Trades Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -3.6% Professionals, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -2.0% Managers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -1.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016.
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