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 (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) 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%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Managers2956.610.82195.19.6+76
Professionals2,03545.751.21,91544.249.5+120
Technicians and Trades Workers60513.611.560414.011.4+1
Community and Personal Service Workers130.30.4100.20.4+3
Clerical and Administrative Workers1,31229.521.21,36931.623.9-57
Sales Workers631.41.8641.51.8-1
Machinery Operators And Drivers220.50.6340.80.5-12
Labourers952.11.7751.71.5+20
Inadequately described or not stated150.30.8380.91.4-23
Total Persons4,455100.0100.04,328100.0100.0+127

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 (2,035 people or 45.7%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (1,312 people or 29.5%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (605 people or 13.6%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 3,952 people in total or 88.7% of the resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services).

In comparison, Queensland employed 51.2% in Professionals; 21.2% in Clerical and Administrative Workers and 11.5% in Technicians and Trades Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) employed as Clerical and Administrative Workers (29.5% compared to 21.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) employed as Professionals (45.7% compared to 51.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) employed as Managers (6.6% compared to 10.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (13.6% compared to 11.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 127 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:

  • Professionals (+120 persons)
  • Managers (+76 persons)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (-57 persons)
  • Inadequately described or not stated (-23 persons)

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