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Western Downs Regional Council area

Local workers - Occupations - All industries

Within Western 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, Western 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
Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries20162011Change
Occupations
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Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Managers3,02318.612.13,22720.712.0-204
Professionals1,98012.219.91,83011.818.9+150
Technicians and Trades Workers3,02518.614.22,50616.114.9+519
Community and Personal Service Workers1,2367.611.41,1257.210.0+111
Clerical and Administrative Workers1,71810.613.71,74211.214.7-24
Sales Workers1,2207.59.71,1227.29.8+98
Machinery Operators And Drivers1,71410.66.91,69410.97.3+20
Labourers2,04312.610.62,04613.110.6-3
Inadequately described or not stated2821.71.62721.71.8+10

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, Western Downs Regional Council area: 18.6% Professionals, Western Downs Regional Council area: 12.2% Technicians and Trades Workers, Western Downs Regional Council area: 18.6% Community and Personal Service Workers, Western Downs Regional Council area: 7.6% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Western Downs Regional Council area: 10.6% Sales Workers, Western Downs Regional Council area: 7.5% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Western Downs Regional Council area: 10.6% Labourers, Western Downs Regional Council area: 12.6% Inadequately described or not stated, Western 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, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -204 Professionals, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +150 Technicians and Trades Workers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +519 Community and Personal Service Workers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +111 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -24 Sales Workers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +98 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +20 Labourers, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -3 Inadequately described or not stated, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +10
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 Western Downs Regional Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Technicians and Trades Workers (3,025 local workers or 18.6%)
  • Managers (3,023 local workers or 18.6%)
  • Labourers (2,043 local workers or 12.6%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 8,091 people in total or 49.8% of the local workers .

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

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Managers (18.6% compared to 12.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (18.6% compared to 14.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Professionals (12.2% compared to 19.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (7.6% compared to 11.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+519 local workers)
  • Managers (-204 local workers)
  • Professionals (+150 local workers)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+111 local workers)

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