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Maranoa Regional Council area

Resident workers - Qualifications

40.2% of the resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) in the Maranoa Regional Council area have qualifications, compared to 45.3% for Wholesale Trade.

Education is an essential means of building the knowledge and skill levels of the labour force, which is a key factor in achieving future economic and social development.

The level of educational attainment for the Maranoa Regional Council area's resident workforce relates to a number of factors including:

  • The age structure of the resident workforce;
  • The professional or social ambitions of people to obtain qualifications (that is, to seek education and retraining);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling, and;
  • The knowledge and skill requirements of the local industries.

Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Income , Occupations and Field of qualification for a clearer picture of the knowledge and skill level of the Maranoa Regional Council area's local resident workers.

When comparing the Qualifications of local resident worker with local workers, Qualifications statistics indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or 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 qualifications
Maranoa Regional Council area - Persons 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. Wholesale TradeNumber%. Wholesale Trade2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree43.44.4810.75.2-4
Advanced Diploma or Diploma86.87.734.09.8+5
Certificate I and II Level43.42.2001.7+4
Certificate III & IV Level2723.127.61722.722.5+10
Certificate Level, nfd43.43.3001.7+4
No qualification6051.348.14458.757.2+16
Inadequately described or not stated108.56.634.01.7+7
Total Persons117100.0100.075100.0100.0+42

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

Analysis of the qualifications of the resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) in the Maranoa Regional Council area in 2016 compared to Wholesale Trade shows that there was a lower proportion of resident holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion of males with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 40.2% of the resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) held educational qualifications, and 51.3% had no qualifications, compared with 45.3% and 48.1% respectively for Wholesale Trade.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) of the Maranoa Regional Council area and (Wholesale Trade) were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) with Certificate III & IV Level (23.1% compared to 27.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) with No qualification (51.3% compared to 48.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) with Inadequately described or not stated (8.5% compared to 6.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) in the Maranoa Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualification (+16 persons)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+10 persons)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+5 persons)
  • Certificate I and II Level (+4 persons)

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