RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Local workers - Occupations - All industries

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, 16.5% of workers were Professionals, compared to 19.9% in 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 the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region will be influenced by factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in the 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.

For a complete local workers analysis for the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, view Occupations in conjunction with other indicators, such as Educational qualifications and Income.

Data source

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, the 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.
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Local workers occupations
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Managers17,76315.312.118,42516.112.0-662
Professionals19,20916.519.917,67015.418.9+1,539
Technicians and Trades Workers16,69314.414.216,21814.114.9+475
Community and Personal Service Workers12,10710.411.410,7829.410.0+1,325
Clerical and Administrative Workers14,83212.813.715,08013.114.7-248
Sales Workers10,1958.89.710,1398.89.8+56
Machinery Operators And Drivers8,9297.76.99,2558.17.3-326
Labourers14,88412.810.615,31713.310.6-433
Inadequately described or not stated1,6501.41.61,8921.61.8-242
Total Persons116,262100.0100.0114,778100.0100.0+1,484

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 All industries workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (19,209 local workers or 16.5%)
  • Managers (17,763 local workers or 15.3%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (16,693 local workers or 14.4%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 53,665 people in total or 46.1% of the All industries local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 19.9% as Professionals; 12.1% as Managers and 14.2% as Technicians and Trades Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Professionals (16.5% compared to 19.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Managers (15.3% compared to 12.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Labourers (12.8% compared to 10.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Sales Workers (8.8% compared to 9.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were those employed as:

  • Professionals (+1,539 local workers)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+1,325 local workers)
  • Managers (-662 local workers)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+475 local workers)

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