RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Occupations of employment

There are more resident workers (All industries) Professionals in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region than any other occupation.

Occupations are a key component in evaluating the knowledge, experience and skill-levels that industry can draw upon locally. It should be viewed with other indicators, such as Age structure, Qualifications, and Income for a comprehensive analysis of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's local resident workers.

When comparing the occupations of local resident workers with local workers, Occupation data indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or relies on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Data source

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

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Resident workers occupations
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste ServicesNumber%. Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2011 - 2016
Managers17,75515.27.918,36415.98.0-609
Professionals18,68816.08.317,41715.19.5+1,271
Technicians and Trades Workers17,01314.640.416,93214.640.7+81
Community and Personal Service Workers12,11310.4010,7649.30.2+1,349
Clerical and Administrative Workers14,50012.413.114,75712.815.5-257
Sales Workers10,1178.70.910,0128.70.6+105
Machinery Operators And Drivers9,0087.720.79,6878.415.5-679
Labourers15,67913.57.715,84313.78.3-164
Inadequately described or not stated1,6431.41.01,8751.61.8-232
Total Persons116,516100.0100.0115,651100.0100.0+865

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

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (18,688 people or 16.0%)
  • Managers (17,755 people or 15.2%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (17,013 people or 14.6%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 53,456 people in total or 45.9% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region employed 8.3% in Professionals; 7.9% in Managers and 40.4% in Technicians and Trades Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers (All industries) of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (14.6% compared to 40.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (7.7% compared to 20.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Sales Workers (8.7% compared to 0.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Professionals (16.0% compared to 8.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 865 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the occupations of the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region were those employed as:

  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+1,349 persons)
  • Professionals (+1,271 persons)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (-679 persons)
  • Managers (-609 persons)

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