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 (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) Managers 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%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Managers7,56156.447.28,33662.554.1-775
Professionals3612.73.22732.02.2+88
Technicians and Trades Workers6024.54.74953.74.1+107
Community and Personal Service Workers180.10.5210.20.3-3
Clerical and Administrative Workers6474.84.95664.24.6+81
Sales Workers1090.81.3510.40.6+58
Machinery Operators And Drivers8506.37.18026.06.3+48
Labourers3,13323.430.32,70120.227.0+432
Inadequately described or not stated1190.90.91020.80.7+17
Total Persons13,400100.0100.013,347100.0100.0+53

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:

  • Managers (7,561 people or 56.4%)
  • Labourers (3,133 people or 23.4%)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (850 people or 6.3%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 11,544 people in total or 86.1% of the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing).

In comparison, Queensland employed 47.2% in Managers; 30.3% in Labourers and 7.1% in Machinery Operators And Drivers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) employed as Managers (56.4% compared to 47.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) employed as Labourers (23.4% compared to 30.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (6.3% compared to 7.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) employed as Professionals (2.7% compared to 3.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 53 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:

  • Managers (-775 persons)
  • Labourers (+432 persons)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+107 persons)
  • Professionals (+88 persons)

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