The Hills Shire

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce in The Hills Shire than in any other field.

Field of qualification presents the primary field of study for the highest qualification the person has received. While this is likely to have some relationship to their current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.

The presence of specific qualifications among The Hills Shire's resident workforce, which are not used by local industry, may indicate an opportunity for a new industry to move into the area and access a ready labour force.

The field of study relates to a number of factors, such as:

  • The age of the population;
  • The types of industries and occupations located in The Hills Shire or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of The Hills Shire, and;
  • The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.

Field of Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Qualification and Occupations statistics for a clearer picture of the skills available in the resident worker population.

Data source

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

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
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Resident workers field of qualification
The Hills Shire - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences2,1882.72.11,8892.62.0+299
Information Technology3,7754.73.02,7603.72.6+1,015
Engineering and Related Technologies8,81911.010.48,66611.710.8+153
Architecture and Building3,2894.14.42,9354.04.1+354
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies7771.01.57681.01.5+9
Management and Commerce17,63322.017.114,98220.315.5+2,651
Society and Culture6,1507.78.84,8726.67.6+1,278
Creative Arts2,0812.63.11,7202.32.7+361
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2,0002.53.31,9442.63.2+56
Mixed Field Programmes390.00.1300.00.1+9
Not stated or inadequately described1,7372.22.72,1462.93.5-409
No qualification21,18626.431.121,99529.734.8-809
Total Persons80,171100.0100.073,966100.0100.0+6,205

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 field of qualifications in The Hills Shire shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (17,633 people or 22.0%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (8,819 people or 11.0%)
  • Society and Culture (6,150 people or 7.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 32,602 people in total or 40.7% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, New South Wales employed 17.1% in Management and Commerce; 10.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies and 8.8% in Society and Culture.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of The Hills Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (22.0% compared to 17.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Information Technology (4.7% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture (7.7% compared to 8.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (2.5% compared to 3.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in The Hills Shire increased by 6,205 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2011 and 2016 in The Hills Shire was for those qualified in:

  • Management and Commerce (+2,651 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+1,278 resident workers)
  • Information Technology (+1,015 resident workers)
  • Health (+960 resident workers)

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