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 (Arts and Recreation Services) Community and Personal Service 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
Managers12012.714.511513.012.9+5
Professionals15115.919.713515.319.5+16
Technicians and Trades Workers13414.111.111913.511.8+15
Community and Personal Service Workers25326.726.721924.826.2+34
Clerical and Administrative Workers10010.510.712013.612.1-20
Sales Workers333.55.7222.55.6+11
Machinery Operators And Drivers101.12.130.32.0+7
Labourers13314.08.313915.78.8-6
Inadequately described or not stated141.51.2121.41.2+2
Total Persons948100.0100.0884100.0100.0+64

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:

  • Community and Personal Service Workers (253 people or 26.7%)
  • Professionals (151 people or 15.9%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (134 people or 14.1%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 538 people in total or 56.7% of the resident workers (Arts and Recreation Services).

In comparison, Queensland employed 26.7% in Community and Personal Service Workers; 19.7% in Professionals and 11.1% in Technicians and Trades Workers.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Arts and Recreation Services) employed as Labourers (14.0% compared to 8.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Arts and Recreation Services) employed as Professionals (15.9% compared to 19.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Arts and Recreation Services) employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (14.1% compared to 11.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Arts and Recreation Services) employed as Sales Workers (3.5% compared to 5.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Arts and Recreation Services) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 64 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 (+34 persons)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (-20 persons)
  • Professionals (+16 persons)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+15 persons)

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