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RDA Sunshine Coast Region

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the RDA Sunshine Coast Region, the workforce has a lower proportion with tertiary qualifications compared to Queensland.

Qualification levels help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of local workers in a particular industry.

The level of qualifications in a workforce relate to a number of factors including:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry;
  • The professional or working ambitions of people (to seek education as youth or retraining as adults);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling.

Educational Qualification statistics should be looked at in conjunction with Field of qualification and Occupation data for a full education analysis for RDA Sunshine Coast Region.

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 Sunshine Coast 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 qualifications
RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree29,98522.925.122,10019.121.5+7,885
Advanced Diploma or Diploma16,32912.510.912,57610.99.3+3,753
Certificate I and II Level1,8281.41.31,9721.71.5-144
Certificate III & IV Level31,42624.023.026,02222.521.6+5,404
Certificate Level, nfd3,0682.32.02,2321.91.7+836
No qualification44,82134.235.045,90539.740.6-1,084
Inadequately described or not stated3,5272.72.74,8054.23.8-1,278

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

Local workers qualification, 2016
Local workers qualification, 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Queensland: 25.1% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Queensland: 10.9% Certificate I and II Level, Queensland: 1.3% Certificate III & IV Level, Queensland: 23.0% Certificate Level, nfd, Queensland: 2.0% No qualification, Queensland: 35.0% Bachelor or Higher degree, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 22.9% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 12.5% Certificate I and II Level, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 1.4% Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 24.0% Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 2.3% No qualification, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 34.2%
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 qualification, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers qualification, 2011 to 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +7,885 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +3,753 Certificate I and II Level, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: -144 Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +5,404 Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +836 No qualification, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: -1,084
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

Analysis of the qualifications of the in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a similar proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 39.1% of the held educational qualifications, and 34.2% had no qualifications, compared with 39.3% and 35.0% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (12.5% compared to 10.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (24.0% compared to 23.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (22.9% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualifications (34.2% compared to 35.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+7,885 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+5,404 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+3,753 local workers)
  • No qualifications (-1,084 local workers)

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