RDA Murraylands and Riverland

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RDA Murraylands and Riverland region

Resident workers - Occupations of employment

There are more resident workers (All industries) Labourers in the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region than any other occupation.

Occupations are a key component in evaluating the knowledge, experience and skill-levels that industry can draw upon locally. It should be viewed with other indicators, such as Age structure, Qualifications, and Income for a comprehensive analysis of the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region's local resident workers.

When comparing the occupations of local resident workers with local workers, Occupation data indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or relies on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers occupations
RDA Murraylands and Riverland region 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Managers5,17617.912.65,56119.312.6-385
Professionals2,98310.320.32,99710.419.6-14
Technicians and Trades Workers3,65412.613.43,65112.714.1+3
Community and Personal Service Workers3,08210.712.02,88010.010.5+202
Clerical and Administrative Workers2,8209.813.32,90010.114.4-80
Sales Workers2,5758.99.62,3498.19.6+226
Machinery Operators And Drivers2,2467.86.12,1727.56.4+74
Labourers5,87820.311.15,83820.211.1+40
Inadequately described or not stated4741.61.54881.71.6-14
Total Persons28,888100.0100.028,836100.0100.0+52

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 resident workers in the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Labourers (5,878 people or 20.3%)
  • Managers (5,176 people or 17.9%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (3,654 people or 12.6%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 14,708 people in total or 50.9% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, South Australia employed 11.1% in Labourers; 12.6% in Managers and 13.4% in Technicians and Trades Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers (All industries) of the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region and South Australia were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Professionals (10.3% compared to 20.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Labourers (20.3% compared to 11.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Managers (17.9% compared to 12.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Clerical and Administrative Workers (9.8% compared to 13.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region increased by 52 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the occupations of the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region were those employed as:

  • Managers (-385 persons)
  • Sales Workers (+226 persons)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+202 persons)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (-80 persons)

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