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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Occupations of employment

There are more resident workers (All industries) Labourers in the Southern Downs Regional Council area 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 Southern Downs Regional Council area'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
Southern Downs Regional Council area 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. Public Administration and SafetyNumber%. Public Administration and Safety2011 - 2016
Managers2,24715.99.52,39316.77.0-146
Professionals1,72612.212.81,69111.813.7+35
Technicians and Trades Workers1,86913.39.61,89213.210.3-23
Community and Personal Service Workers1,49910.618.71,4049.817.0+95
Clerical and Administrative Workers1,51310.726.91,56310.925.1-50
Sales Workers1,3079.30.81,3389.30.5-31
Machinery Operators And Drivers1,1788.48.71,3179.29.7-139
Labourers2,51617.912.12,52617.615.4-10
Inadequately described or not stated2371.70.92081.51.3+29
Total Persons14,092100.0100.014,332100.0100.0-240

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 Southern Downs Regional Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Labourers (2,516 people or 17.9%)
  • Managers (2,247 people or 15.9%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (1,869 people or 13.3%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 6,632 people in total or 47.1% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, the Public Administration and Safety workforce in the Southern Downs Regional Council area employed 12.1% in Labourers; 9.5% in Managers and 9.6% in Technicians and Trades Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers (All industries) of the Southern Downs Regional Council area and Public Administration and Safety were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Clerical and Administrative Workers (10.7% compared to 26.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Sales Workers (9.3% compared to 0.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (10.6% compared to 18.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Managers (15.9% compared to 9.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the Southern Downs Regional Council area decreased by 240 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the occupations of the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Southern Downs Regional Council area were those employed as:

  • Managers (-146 persons)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (-139 persons)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+95 persons)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (-50 persons)

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