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Resident workers - Qualifications

78.4% of the resident workers (All industries) in the Waverley Council area have qualifications, compared to 66.0% for New South Wales.

Education is an essential means of building the knowledge and skill levels of the labour force, which is a key factor in achieving future economic and social development.

The level of educational attainment for the Waverley Council area's resident workforce relates to a number of factors including:

  • The age structure of the resident workforce;
  • The professional or social ambitions of people to obtain qualifications (that is, to seek education and retraining);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling, and;
  • The knowledge and skill requirements of the local industries.

Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Income , Occupations and Field of qualification for a clearer picture of the knowledge and skill level of the Waverley Council area's local resident workers.

When comparing the Qualifications of local resident worker with local workers, Qualifications statistics indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers qualifications
Waverley Council area - Persons 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree21,08557.932.617,86552.527.9+3,220
Advanced Diploma or Diploma3,86410.611.23,94411.610.5-80
Certificate I and II Level1690.51.22230.71.4-54
Certificate III & IV Level2,7987.718.73,0809.018.9-282
Certificate Level, nfd6361.72.34681.41.9+168
No qualification6,78618.631.17,15121.034.8-365
Inadequately described or not stated1,0873.02.91,3063.84.5-219
Total Persons36,425100.0100.034,037100.0100.0+2,388

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

Analysis of the qualifications of the resident workers (All industries) in the Waverley Council area in 2016 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a higher proportion of resident holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion of males with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 78.4% of the resident workers (All industries) held educational qualifications, and 18.6% had no qualifications, compared with 66.0% and 31.1% respectively for New South Wales.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) of the Waverley Council area and (New South Wales) were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) with Bachelor or Higher degree (57.9% compared to 32.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) with No qualification (18.6% compared to 31.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) with Certificate III & IV Level (7.7% compared to 18.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) in the Waverley Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+3,220 persons)
  • No qualification (-365 persons)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (-282 persons)
  • Certificate Level, nfd (+168 persons)

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