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 (Administrative and Support Services) Labourers 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
Managers1455.48.91225.58.7+23
Professionals2138.09.62139.512.3--
Technicians and Trades Workers2378.98.423510.59.4+2
Community and Personal Service Workers2027.69.51366.18.7+66
Clerical and Administrative Workers41915.716.031113.915.3+108
Sales Workers341.32.7301.33.3+4
Machinery Operators And Drivers421.63.1442.03.1-2
Labourers1,37351.341.01,13350.638.2+240
Inadequately described or not stated90.30.9140.61.0-5
Total Persons2,674100.0100.02,238100.0100.0+436

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:

  • Labourers (1,373 people or 51.3%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (419 people or 15.7%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (237 people or 8.9%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 2,029 people in total or 75.9% of the resident workers (Administrative and Support Services).

In comparison, Queensland employed 41.0% in Labourers; 16.0% in Clerical and Administrative Workers and 8.4% in Technicians and Trades Workers.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) employed as Labourers (51.3% compared to 41.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) employed as Managers (5.4% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (7.6% compared to 9.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) employed as Professionals (8.0% compared to 9.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 436 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:

  • Labourers (+240 persons)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (+108 persons)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+66 persons)
  • Managers (+23 persons)

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