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 (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) Technicians and Trades Workers 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
Managers1257.912.11158.011.1+10
Professionals1318.316.71379.517.2-6
Technicians and Trades Workers63640.427.758840.728.2+48
Community and Personal Service Workers--00.430.20.3--
Clerical and Administrative Workers20613.116.622415.518.8-18
Sales Workers140.91.780.61.8+6
Machinery Operators And Drivers32520.716.222415.513.3+101
Labourers1217.77.11208.37.8+1
Inadequately described or not stated151.01.4261.81.7-11
Total Persons1,573100.0100.01,445100.0100.0+128

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:

  • Technicians and Trades Workers (636 people or 40.4%)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (325 people or 20.7%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (206 people or 13.1%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 1,167 people in total or 74.2% of the resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services).

In comparison, Queensland employed 27.7% in Technicians and Trades Workers; 16.2% in Machinery Operators And Drivers and 16.6% in Clerical and Administrative Workers.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (40.4% compared to 27.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) employed as Professionals (8.3% compared to 16.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (20.7% compared to 16.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) employed as Managers (7.9% compared to 12.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 128 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:

  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (+101 persons)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+48 persons)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (-18 persons)
  • Inadequately described or not stated (-11 persons)

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