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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Local workers - Age structure - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, there are more younger workers (15 to 44 years) than older workers (45 year and over) in the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services local worker population.

The Age Structure of an industry's local workers is a key component to understanding the role and function of that industry in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region. It is an indicator of the age of the industry and how long it has been established in the area, as well as the possible challenges in expanding that industry in the future.

For example an area with young local workers may be more mobile and likely to change jobs/industries in the future while an industry with an older local workers may face succession planning issues and challenges in attracting new staff.

For a complete local workers analysis for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Income and Hours worked.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

Local workers age structure
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Health Care and Social Assistance %Number%Health Care and Social Assistance %2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years1015.510.01488.910.0-47
25 to 34 years44224.119.835521.416.6+87
35 to 44 years45524.819.745327.322.6+2
45 to 54 years53128.925.542625.728.3+105
55 to 64 years27114.821.024414.719.4+27
65 years and over372.03.9342.03.2+3

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

Local workers age structure, 2016
Local workers age structure, 2016 15 to 24 years, Health Care and Social Assistance: 10.0% 25 to 34 years, Health Care and Social Assistance: 19.8% 35 to 44 years, Health Care and Social Assistance: 19.7% 45 to 54 years, Health Care and Social Assistance: 25.5% 55 to 64 years, Health Care and Social Assistance: 21.0% 65 years and over, Health Care and Social Assistance: 3.9% 15 to 24 years, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 5.5% 25 to 34 years, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 24.1% 35 to 44 years, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 24.8% 45 to 54 years, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 28.9% 55 to 64 years, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 14.8% 65 years and over, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 2.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers age structure, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers age structure, 2011 to 2016 15 to 24 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -47 25 to 34 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +87 35 to 44 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +2 45 to 54 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +105 55 to 64 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +27 65 years and over, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +3
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

Analysis of the age structure of the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce within RDA Darling Downs and South West Region shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) and a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (45 years and over).

Overall, 54.3% of the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services workforce was aged under 45 years, compared to 49.5% for the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce within RDA Darling Downs and South West Region. 45.7% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 50.5% for the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce within RDA Darling Downs and South West Region.

The major differences between the age structure of the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 35 to 44 years (24.8% compared to 19.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 25 to 34 years (24.1% compared to 19.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 55 to 64 years (14.8% compared to 21.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 15 to 24 years (5.5% compared to 10.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the age structure of the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • 45 to 54 years (+105 local workers)
  • 25 to 34 years (+87 local workers)
  • 15 to 24 years (-47 local workers)
  • 55 to 64 years (+27 local workers)

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