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Southern Downs Regional Council

Local workers - Occupations - All industries

In the Southern Downs Regional Council, 17.7% of workers were Labourers, compared to 19.9% in 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 the Southern Downs Regional Council will be influenced by factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in the Southern Downs Regional Council;
  • 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 the Southern Downs Regional Council, view Occupations in conjunction with other indicators, such as Educational qualifications and Income.

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 Southern Downs Regional Council 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
Southern Downs Regional Council - All industries 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Managers2,20416.612.12,39817.212.0-194
Professionals1,64812.419.91,64811.818.9--
Technicians and Trades Workers1,64912.414.21,73712.414.9-88
Community and Personal Service Workers1,45010.911.41,3879.910.0+63
Clerical and Administrative Workers1,47111.113.71,56711.214.7-96
Sales Workers1,2529.49.71,3379.69.8-85
Machinery Operators And Drivers1,0557.96.91,1928.57.3-137
Labourers2,35317.710.62,47417.710.6-121
Inadequately described or not stated2201.71.62141.51.8+6
Total Persons13,302100.0100.013,954100.0100.0-652

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 All industries workforce in the Southern Downs Regional Council in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Labourers (2,353 local workers or 17.7%)
  • Managers (2,204 local workers or 16.6%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (1,649 local workers or 12.4%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 6,206 people in total or 46.6% of the All industries local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 10.6% as Labourers; 12.1% as Managers and 14.2% as Technicians and Trades Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in the Southern Downs Regional Council and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Professionals (12.4% compared to 19.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Labourers (17.7% compared to 10.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Managers (16.6% compared to 12.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Clerical and Administrative Workers (11.1% compared to 13.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the workforce in the Southern Downs Regional Council between 2011 and 2016 were those employed as:

  • Managers (-194 local workers)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (-137 local workers)
  • Labourers (-121 local workers)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (-96 local workers)

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