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.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work
|Local workers qualifications|
|The Hills Shire - All industries||2016||2011||Change|
|Qualification level||Number||%||New South Wales||Number||%||New South Wales||2011 - 2016|
|Bachelor or Higher degree||21,626||33.9||32.6||15,965||28.2||27.9||+5,661|
|Advanced Diploma or Diploma||8,334||13.1||11.1||6,991||12.4||10.5||+1,343|
|Certificate I and II Level||730||1.1||1.2||875||1.5||1.4||-145|
|Certificate III & IV Level||10,076||15.8||18.7||8,878||15.7||18.8||+1,198|
|Certificate Level, nfd||1,592||2.5||2.3||1,251||2.2||1.9||+341|
|Inadequately described or not stated||1,713||2.7||2.9||2,513||4.4||4.5||-800|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Analysis of the qualifications of the in The Hills Shire in 2016 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a similar proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a similar proportion with no formal qualifications.
Overall, 66.3% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 31.0% had no qualifications, compared with 65.9% and 31.1% respectively for New South Wales.
The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce of The Hills Shire and New South Wales were:
- A smaller percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (15.8% compared to 18.7%)
- A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (13.1% compared to 11.1%)
- A larger percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (33.9% compared to 32.6%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers with Inadequately described or not stated (2.7% compared to 2.9%)
The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in The Hills Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:
- Bachelor or Higher degree (+5,661 local workers)
- Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+1,343 local workers)
- Certificate III & IV Level (+1,198 local workers)
- Certificate Level, nfd (+341 local workers)