Whitsunday

Resident workers - Occupations of employment

There are more resident workers (All industries) Technicians and Trades Workers in Whitsunday than any other occupation.

Occupations are a key component in evaluating the knowledge, experience and skill-levels that industry can draw upon locally. It should be viewed with other indicators, such as Age structure, Qualifications, and Income for a comprehensive analysis of Whitsunday's local resident workers.

When comparing the occupations of local resident workers with local workers, Occupation data indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or relies 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 occupations
Whitsunday 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Managers2,12513.612.12,06513.312.0+60
Professionals1,75711.219.81,61410.418.9+143
Technicians and Trades Workers2,65216.914.32,73217.714.9-80
Community and Personal Service Workers1,71510.911.31,5009.710.0+215
Clerical and Administrative Workers1,5439.813.61,66010.714.7-117
Sales Workers1,4329.19.71,3718.99.8+61
Machinery Operators And Drivers1,74411.16.91,85012.07.3-106
Labourers2,46215.710.52,39815.510.6+64
Inadequately described or not stated2421.51.62791.81.8-37
Total Persons15,672100.0100.015,469100.0100.0+203

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

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident workers in Whitsunday in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Technicians and Trades Workers (2,652 people or 16.9%)
  • Labourers (2,462 people or 15.7%)
  • Managers (2,125 people or 13.6%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 7,239 people in total or 46.2% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, Queensland employed 14.3% in Technicians and Trades Workers; 10.5% in Labourers and 12.1% in Managers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers (All industries) of Whitsunday and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Professionals (11.2% compared to 19.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Labourers (15.7% compared to 10.5%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (11.1% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Clerical and Administrative Workers (9.8% compared to 13.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in Whitsunday increased by 203 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the occupations of the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in Whitsunday were those employed as:

  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+215 persons)
  • Professionals (+143 persons)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (-117 persons)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (-106 persons)

Whitsunday Regional Council

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