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Shire of Ashburton

Occupation of employment

There were more technicians and trades workers in the Shire of Ashburton in 2011 than any other occupation.

The Shire of Ashburton's occupation statistics quantify the occupations in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This will be influenced by the economic base and employment opportunities available in the area, education levels, and the working and social aspirations of the population. When viewed with other indicators, such as Educational Qualifications and Individual Income, Occupation is a key measure for evaluating the Shire of Ashburton's socio-economic status and skill base.

Derived from the two Census questions:

'In the main job held last week, what was the person's occupation?' and 'What are the main tasks that the person himself/herself usually performs in that occupation?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Occupation of employment
Shire of Ashburton - Employed persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
OccupationNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2006 to 2011
Managers4247.015.12598.117.1+165
Professionals70811.713.335511.112.6+353
Technicians and Trades Workers1,69828.118.977124.217.4+927
Community and Personal Service Workers2514.28.51715.48.0+80
Clerical and Administrative Workers5539.211.43119.810.9+242
Sales Workers1382.37.11294.07.7+9
Machinery Operators And Drivers1,55025.611.378024.59.9+770
Labourers63410.512.834310.814.6+291
Inadequately described871.41.6692.21.7+18

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Occupation of employment, 2011
Occupation of employment, 2011 Managers, Regional WA: 15.1% Professionals, Regional WA: 13.3% Technicians and Trades Workers, Regional WA: 18.9% Community and Personal Service Workers, Regional WA: 8.5% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Regional WA: 11.4% Sales Workers, Regional WA: 7.1% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Regional WA: 11.3% Labourers, Regional WA: 12.8% Inadequately described, Regional WA: 1.6% Managers, Shire of Ashburton: 7.0% Professionals, Shire of Ashburton: 11.7% Technicians and Trades Workers, Shire of Ashburton: 28.1% Community and Personal Service Workers, Shire of Ashburton: 4.2% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Shire of Ashburton: 9.2% Sales Workers, Shire of Ashburton: 2.3% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Shire of Ashburton: 25.6% Labourers, Shire of Ashburton: 10.5% Inadequately described, Shire of Ashburton: 1.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in occupation of employment, 2006 to 2011
Change in occupation of employment, 2006 to 2011 Managers, Shire of Ashburton: +165 Professionals, Shire of Ashburton: +353 Technicians and Trades Workers, Shire of Ashburton: +927 Community and Personal Service Workers, Shire of Ashburton: +80 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Shire of Ashburton: +242 Sales Workers, Shire of Ashburton: +9 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Shire of Ashburton: +770 Labourers, Shire of Ashburton: +291 Inadequately described, Shire of Ashburton: +18
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident population in Shire of Ashburton in 2011 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Technicians and Trades Workers (1,698 people or 28.1%)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (1,550 people or 25.6%)
  • Professionals (708 people or 11.7%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 3,956 people in total or 65.5% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, Regional WA employed 18.9% in Technicians and Trades Workers; 11.3% in Machinery Operators And Drivers; and 13.3% in Professionals.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of the Shire of Ashburton and Regional WA were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (25.6% compared to 11.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (28.1% compared to 18.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Managers (7.0% compared to 15.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Sales Workers (2.3% compared to 7.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Shire of Ashburton increased by 2,855 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the occupations of residents between 2006 and 2011 in the Shire of Ashburton were for those employed as:

  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+927 persons)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (+770 persons)
  • Professionals (+353 persons)
  • Labourers (+291 persons)

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