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Resident workers - Qualifications

56.9% of the resident workers in The Hills Shire have qualifications, compared to 47.2% 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 Hills Shire'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, Occupation and Field of qualification for a clearer picture of the knowledge and skill level of The Hills Shire'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.

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

Resident workers qualifications
The Hills Shire 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%New South Wales%Number%New South Wales%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree33,05341.232.625,73834.827.9+7,315
Advanced Diploma or Diploma9,94212.411.29,34512.610.5+597
Certificate I and II Level7110.91.28991.21.4-188
Certificate III & IV Level11,24714.018.711,34615.318.9-99
Certificate Level, nfd1,9002.42.31,5472.11.9+353
No qualification21,18626.431.121,99529.734.8-809
Inadequately described or not stated2,1292.72.93,0924.24.5-963

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Resident workers qualifications, 2016
Resident workers qualifications, 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, New South Wales : 32.6% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, New South Wales : 11.2% Certificate I and II Level, New South Wales : 1.2% Certificate III & IV Level, New South Wales : 18.7% Certificate Level, nfd, New South Wales : 2.3% No qualification, New South Wales : 31.1% Inadequately described or not stated, New South Wales : 2.9% Bachelor or Higher degree, The Hills Shire - All industries : 41.2% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, The Hills Shire - All industries : 12.4% Certificate I and II Level, The Hills Shire - All industries : 0.9% Certificate III & IV Level, The Hills Shire - All industries : 14.0% Certificate Level, nfd, The Hills Shire - All industries : 2.4% No qualification, The Hills Shire - All industries : 26.4% Inadequately described or not stated, The Hills Shire - All industries : 2.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers qualifications, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers qualifications, 2011 to 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, The Hills Shire - All industries: +7,315 Advanced Diploma or Diploma, The Hills Shire - All industries: +597 Certificate I and II Level, The Hills Shire - All industries: -188 Certificate III & IV Level, The Hills Shire - All industries: -99 Certificate Level, nfd, The Hills Shire - All industries: +353 No qualification, The Hills Shire - All industries: -809 Inadequately described or not stated, The Hills Shire - All industries: -963
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 resident workers in The Hills Shire in 2016 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 56.9% of the resident workers held educational qualifications, and 26.4% had no qualifications, compared with 47.2% and 31.1% respectively for New South Wales.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (41.2% compared to 32.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (12.4% compared to 11.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (14.0% compared to 18.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (26.4% compared to 31.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the resident workers in The Hills Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degrees (+7,315 people )
  • No qualifications (-809 people )
  • Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (+597 people )
  • Certificate Level, nfds (+353 people )

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