City of South Perth

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In the City of South Perth, the workforce has a higher proportion with University qualifications compared to Western Australia.

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 Occupations data for a full education analysis for the City of South Perth.

Data source

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, the City of South Perth 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 qualifications
City of South Perth - All industries 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. Western AustraliaNumber%. Western Australia2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree5,45042.427.44,55336.923.2+897
Advanced Diploma or Diploma1,64912.810.81,58712.99.8+62
Certificate I and II Level1030.81.41211.01.4-18
Certificate III & IV Level1,65612.921.91,60713.021.1+49
Certificate Level, nfd2812.22.12592.11.7+22
No qualification3,38926.433.63,71330.138.8-324
Inadequately described or not stated3292.62.84884.04.0-159
Total Persons12,857100.0100.012,328100.0100.0+529

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the in the City of South Perth in 2016 compared to Western Australia shows that there was a higher proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 71.1% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 26.4% had no qualifications, compared with 63.6% and 33.6% respectively for Western Australia.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce of the City of South Perth and Western Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (42.4% compared to 27.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (12.9% compared to 21.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualification (26.4% compared to 33.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (12.8% compared to 10.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in the City of South Perth between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+897 local workers)
  • No qualification (-324 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+62 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+49 local workers)

City of South Perth

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