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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Local workers - Occupations - All industries

Within Southern Downs Regional Council area, the 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.

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

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, Southern Downs Regional Council area 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
Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries20162011Change
Occupations
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Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Managers2,20416.612.12,39817.212.0-194
Professionals1,64812.419.91,64811.818.90
Technicians and Trades Workers1,64912.414.21,73712.414.9-88
Community and Personal Service Workers1,45010.911.41,3879.910.0+63
Clerical and Administrative Workers1,47111.113.71,56711.214.7-96
Sales Workers1,2529.49.71,3379.69.8-85
Machinery Operators And Drivers1,0557.96.91,1928.57.3-137
Labourers2,35317.710.62,47417.710.6-121
Inadequately described or not stated2201.71.62141.51.8+6

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

Local workers occupations, 2016
Local workers occupations, 2016 Managers, Queensland: 12.1% Professionals, Queensland: 19.9% Technicians and Trades Workers, Queensland: 14.2% Community and Personal Service Workers, Queensland: 11.4% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Queensland: 13.7% Sales Workers, Queensland: 9.7% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Queensland: 6.9% Labourers, Queensland: 10.6% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland: 1.6% Managers, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 16.6% Professionals, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 12.4% Technicians and Trades Workers, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 12.4% Community and Personal Service Workers, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 10.9% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 11.1% Sales Workers, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 9.4% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 7.9% Labourers, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 17.7% Inadequately described or not stated, Southern Downs Regional Council area: 1.7%
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 occupations, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers occupations, 2011 to 2016 Managers, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -194 Professionals, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 0 Technicians and Trades Workers, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -88 Community and Personal Service Workers, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +63 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -96 Sales Workers, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -85 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -137 Labourers, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -121 Inadequately described or not stated, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +6
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 workforce in Southern Downs Regional Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Labourers (2,353 local workers or 17.7%)
  • Managers (2,204 local workers or 16.6%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (1,649 local workers or 12.4%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 6,206 people in total or 46.6% of the local workers .

In comparison, Queensland employed 10.6% as Labourers; 12.1% as Managers; and 14.2% as Technicians and Trades Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in Southern Downs Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Labourers (17.7% compared to 10.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Managers (16.6% compared to 12.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Professionals (12.4% compared to 19.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Clerical and Administrative Workers (11.1% compared to 13.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the in Southern Downs Regional Council area workforce between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Managers (-194 local workers)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (-137 local workers)
  • Labourers (-121 local workers)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (-96 local workers)

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