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Shire of Ashburton

Occupation of employment

There were more technicians and trades workers in the Shire of Ashburton in 2016 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?'

Employed persons aged 15 years and over

Occupation of employment
Shire of Ashburton - Employed persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
OccupationNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2011 to 2016
Managers5436.514.44247.015.1+119
Professionals84810.213.870811.713.3+140
Technicians and Trades Workers2,83134.118.41,69828.118.9+1,133
Community and Personal Service Workers2973.69.82514.28.5+46
Clerical and Administrative Workers4545.510.65539.211.4-99
Sales Workers1061.37.71382.37.1-32
Machinery Operators And Drivers1,74221.011.01,55025.611.3+192
Labourers1,34916.312.663410.512.8+715
Not stated or inadequately described310.40.7871.41.6-56

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

Occupation of employment, 2016
Occupation of employment, 2016 Managers, Regional WA: 14.4% Professionals, Regional WA: 13.8% Technicians and Trades Workers, Regional WA: 18.4% Community and Personal Service Workers, Regional WA: 9.8% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Regional WA: 10.6% Sales Workers, Regional WA: 7.7% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Regional WA: 11.0% Labourers, Regional WA: 12.6% Managers, Shire of Ashburton: 6.5% Professionals, Shire of Ashburton: 10.2% Technicians and Trades Workers, Shire of Ashburton: 34.1% Community and Personal Service Workers, Shire of Ashburton: 3.6% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Shire of Ashburton: 5.5% Sales Workers, Shire of Ashburton: 1.3% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Shire of Ashburton: 21.0% Labourers, Shire of Ashburton: 16.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in occupation of employment, 2011 to 2016
Change in occupation of employment, 2011 to 2016 Managers, Shire of Ashburton: +119 Professionals, Shire of Ashburton: +140 Technicians and Trades Workers, Shire of Ashburton: +1,133 Community and Personal Service Workers, Shire of Ashburton: +46 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Shire of Ashburton: -99 Sales Workers, Shire of Ashburton: -32 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Shire of Ashburton: +192 Labourers, Shire of Ashburton: +715
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Technicians and Trades Workers (2,831 people or 34.1%)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (1,742 people or 21.0%)
  • Labourers (1,349 people or 16.3%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 5,922 people in total or 71.4% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, Regional WA employed 18.4% in Technicians and Trades Workers; 11.0% in Machinery Operators And Drivers; and 12.6% in Labourers.

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 Technicians and Trades Workers (34.1% compared to 18.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (21.0% compared to 11.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Managers (6.5% compared to 14.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Sales Workers (1.3% compared to 7.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Shire of Ashburton increased by 2,256 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the occupations of residents between 2011 and 2016 in the Shire of Ashburton were for those employed as:

  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+1,133 persons)
  • Labourers (+715 persons)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (+192 persons)
  • Professionals (+140 persons)

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