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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work
|Local workers qualifications|
|Wollongong City - All industries||2021||2016||Change|
|Qualification level||Number||%||New South Wales||Number||%||New South Wales||2016 - 2021|
|Bachelor or Higher degree||27,028||31.2||38.4||21,037||26.6||32.6||+5,991|
|Advanced Diploma or Diploma||9,922||11.5||11.0||9,438||11.9||11.1||+484|
|Certificate I and II Level||1,229||1.4||1.2||1,124||1.4||1.2||+105|
|Certificate III & IV Level||20,355||23.5||18.1||18,653||23.5||18.7||+1,702|
|Certificate Level, nfd||1,873||2.2||1.9||2,064||2.6||2.3||-191|
|Inadequately described or not stated||1,598||1.8||2.3||2,162||2.7||2.9||-564|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Analysis of the qualifications of the in Wollongong City in 2021 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 higher proportion with no formal qualifications.
Overall, 69.8% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 28.4% had no qualifications, compared with 70.7% and 27.0% respectively for New South Wales.
The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce of Wollongong City and New South Wales were:
- A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (31.2% compared to 38.4%)
- A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (23.5% compared to 18.1%)
- A larger percentage of local workers with No qualification (28.4% compared to 27.0%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers with Inadequately described or not stated (1.8% compared to 2.3%)
The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in Wollongong City between 2016 and 2021 were:
- Bachelor or Higher degree (+5,991 local workers)
- Certificate III & IV Level (+1,702 local workers)
- Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+484 local workers)
- Certificate Level, nfd (-191 local workers)