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Sunshine Coast Council area

Local workers - Occupations - All industries

Within Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast Region will be influenced by factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in RDA Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast 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, Sunshine Coast 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
Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries20162011Change
Occupations
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Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Managers12,91611.712.111,50312.012.0+1,413
Professionals21,88919.719.917,64218.418.9+4,247
Technicians and Trades Workers15,54514.014.213,42414.014.9+2,121
Community and Personal Service Workers13,98312.611.410,86111.310.0+3,122
Clerical and Administrative Workers15,68914.213.714,46715.114.7+1,222
Sales Workers13,29112.09.712,04612.69.8+1,245
Machinery Operators And Drivers4,9564.56.94,6344.87.3+322
Labourers10,9779.910.69,74910.210.6+1,228
Inadequately described or not stated1,5961.41.61,5131.61.8+83

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, Sunshine Coast Council area: 11.7% Professionals, Sunshine Coast Council area: 19.7% Technicians and Trades Workers, Sunshine Coast Council area: 14.0% Community and Personal Service Workers, Sunshine Coast Council area: 12.6% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Sunshine Coast Council area: 14.2% Sales Workers, Sunshine Coast Council area: 12.0% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Sunshine Coast Council area: 4.5% Labourers, Sunshine Coast Council area: 9.9% Inadequately described or not stated, Sunshine Coast Council area: 1.4%
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, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +1,413 Professionals, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +4,247 Technicians and Trades Workers, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +2,121 Community and Personal Service Workers, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +3,122 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +1,222 Sales Workers, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +1,245 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +322 Labourers, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +1,228 Inadequately described or not stated, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +83
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 Sunshine Coast Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (21,889 local workers or 19.7%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (15,689 local workers or 14.2%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (15,545 local workers or 14.0%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 53,123 people in total or 47.9% of the local workers .

In comparison, Queensland employed 19.9% as Professionals; 13.7% as Clerical and Administrative Workers; and 14.2% as Technicians and Trades Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in Sunshine Coast Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Sales Workers (12.0% compared to 9.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (12.6% compared to 11.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (4.5% compared to 6.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the in Sunshine Coast Council area workforce between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Professionals (+4,247 local workers)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+3,122 local workers)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+2,121 local workers)
  • Managers (+1,413 local workers)

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