RDA Darling Downs and South West Region
Local workers - Occupations - Retail Trade
Within the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, the Retail Trade workforce has a similar proportion of Managers and Professionals compared to Queensland.
Occupation is a key component for evaluating the socio-economic status of the local workers and the skills required to work in each industry sector.
The occupations of the local workers in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region will be influenced by factors including:
- The economic base and employment opportunities available in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region;
- The age of the workforce;
- The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry; and
- The working and social aspirations of the population.
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 occupations|
|RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade||2016||2011||Change|
|Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Queensland %||Number||%||Queensland %||2011 to 2016|
|Technicians and Trades Workers||969||8.5||6.2||1,083||8.5||6.5||-114||27000||P|
|Community and Personal Service Workers||86||0.8||0.9||115||0.9||0.9||-29||28000||P|
|Clerical and Administrative Workers||686||6.0||6.0||944||7.4||7.0||-258||29000||P|
|Machinery Operators And Drivers||413||3.6||3.8||565||4.4||3.7||-152||31000||P|
|Inadequately described or not stated||53||0.5||0.5||68||0.5||0.7||-15||33000||P|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
An analysis of the jobs held by the Retail Trade workforce in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:
- Sales Workers (6,068 local workers or 53.4%)
- Managers (1,695 local workers or 14.9%)
- Labourers (1,120 local workers or 9.9%)
In combination these three occupations accounted for 8,883 people in total or 78.1% of the Retail Trade local workers .
In comparison, Queensland employed 54.8% as Sales Workers; 15.2% as Managers; and 8.7% as Labourers.
The major differences between the jobs held by the Retail Trade workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:
- A larger percentage of local workers employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (8.5% compared to 6.2%)
- A larger percentage of local workers employed as Labourers (9.9% compared to 8.7%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Sales Workers (53.4% compared to 54.8%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Professionals (2.5% compared to 3.9%)
The largest changes in the jobs held by the Retail Trade in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region workforce between 2011 and 2016 were:
- Sales Workers (-440 local workers)
- Managers (-388 local workers)
- Clerical and Administrative Workers (-258 local workers)
- Machinery Operators And Drivers (-152 local workers)