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RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the RDA Wide Bay Burnett 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 Wide Bay Burnett 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 Wide Bay Burnett 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 Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree15,16516.525.112,89214.021.5+2,273
Advanced Diploma or Diploma8,9589.710.97,6638.39.3+1,295
Certificate I and II Level1,8612.01.32,0182.21.5-157
Certificate III & IV Level23,88726.023.021,62723.521.6+2,260
Certificate Level, nfd2,1532.32.01,8012.01.7+352
No qualification36,96540.235.042,03745.740.6-5,072
Inadequately described or not stated2,9273.22.73,9464.33.8-1,019

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 Wide Bay Burnett Region: 16.5% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 9.7% Certificate I and II Level, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 2.0% Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 26.0% Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 2.3% No qualification, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 40.2%
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 Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +2,273 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +1,295 Certificate I and II Level, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -157 Certificate III & IV Level, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +2,260 Certificate Level, nfd, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +352 No qualification, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -5,072
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 Wide Bay Burnett Region in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 30.6% of the held educational qualifications, and 40.2% 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 Wide Bay Burnett Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with No qualifications (40.2% compared to 35.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (26.0% compared to 23.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (16.5% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (9.7% compared to 10.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • No qualifications (-5,072 local workers)
  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+2,273 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Levels (+2,260 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+1,295 local workers)

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