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Western Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Occupations of employment

There are more resident workers managers in Western 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 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.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers occupations
Western Downs Regional Council area 20162011Change
Occupations
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Managers2,81419.512.13,07421.212.0-260
Professionals1,65211.519.81,59411.018.9+58
Technicians and Trades Workers2,32016.114.32,19315.114.9+127
Community and Personal Service Workers1,1848.211.31,0947.510.0+90
Clerical and Administrative Workers1,61811.213.61,66811.514.7-50
Sales Workers1,1748.19.71,0937.59.8+81
Machinery Operators And Drivers1,46110.16.91,61211.17.3-151
Labourers1,96513.610.51,96313.510.6+2
Inadequately described or not stated2281.61.62411.71.8-13

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Resident workers occupations, 2016
Resident workers occupations, 2016 Managers, Queensland : 12.1% Professionals, Queensland : 19.8% Technicians and Trades Workers, Queensland : 14.3% Community and Personal Service Workers, Queensland : 11.3% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Queensland : 13.6% Sales Workers, Queensland : 9.7% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Queensland : 6.9% Labourers, Queensland : 10.5% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland : 1.6% Managers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 19.5% Professionals, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 11.5% Technicians and Trades Workers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 16.1% Community and Personal Service Workers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 8.2% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 11.2% Sales Workers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 8.1% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 10.1% Labourers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 13.6% Inadequately described or not stated, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 1.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers occupations, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers occupations, 2011 to 2016 Managers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -260 Professionals, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +58 Technicians and Trades Workers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +127 Community and Personal Service Workers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +90 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -50 Sales Workers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +81 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -151 Labourers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +2 Inadequately described or not stated, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -13
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident workers in Western Downs Regional Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Managers (2,814 people or 19.5%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (2,320 people or 16.1%)
  • Labourers (1,965 people or 13.6%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 7,099 people in total or 49.2% of the resident workers .

In comparison, Queensland employed 12.1% in Managers; 14.3% in Technicians and Trades Workers; and 10.5% in Labourers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers of Western Downs Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers employed as Managers (19.5% compared to 12.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (10.1% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers employed as Professionals (11.5% compared to 19.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (8.2% compared to 11.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of people in the resident workers ] in Western Downs Regional Council area decreased by 116 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Managers (-260 people)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (-151 people)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+127 people)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+90 people)

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