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 (Other 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
Managers2665.87.92014.77.0+65
Professionals3287.28.13438.07.8-15
Technicians and Trades Workers2,30550.544.52,27552.947.4+30
Community and Personal Service Workers51711.315.245010.512.4+67
Clerical and Administrative Workers50211.010.951712.011.9-15
Sales Workers922.02.1651.51.8+27
Machinery Operators And Drivers701.51.6561.31.9+14
Labourers45410.08.93728.79.0+82
Inadequately described or not stated270.60.7190.40.8+8
Total Persons4,561100.0100.04,298100.0100.0+263

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 (2,305 people or 50.5%)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (517 people or 11.3%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (502 people or 11.0%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 3,324 people in total or 72.9% of the resident workers (Other Services).

In comparison, Queensland employed 44.5% in Technicians and Trades Workers; 15.2% in Community and Personal Service Workers and 10.9% in Clerical and Administrative Workers.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Other Services) employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (50.5% compared to 44.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Other Services) employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (11.3% compared to 15.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Other Services) employed as Managers (5.8% compared to 7.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Other Services) employed as Labourers (10.0% compared to 8.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Other Services) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 263 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 (+82 persons)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+67 persons)
  • Managers (+65 persons)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+30 persons)

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