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Non-English speakers - Employment status

In 2011, 16,072 non-English speakers who were living in the City of Knox were employed, of which 65.8% were working full time and 29.3% part time.

For the non-English speaking population, being able to find work and participate in the local economy is a very important step to settling into Australia. High employment can indicate an engaged migrant community, or perhaps a large contingent on work-sponsored visas. A high level of unemployment or low participation rate (the percentage of the population in the labour force) can indicate a community of recent migrants with difficulties adjusting to economic life in Australia, and perhaps with a reliance on government benefits.

Differences in employment status for the local non-English speaking population may be related to the age and length of time that population has been in Australia, proportion of second-generation migrants, as well as qualification levels.

Employment data should be looked at in conjunction with Age Structure and Qualification data for the recent arrivals.

Derived from the Census question:

'Last week did the person have a full time or part time job of any kind?'

People speaking a language other than English at home aged 15 years and over

Employment status
City of Knox - Non-English speakers20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Greater MelbourneNumber%Greater Melbourne2006 to 2011
Employed16,07294.292.112,82894.391.5+3,244
Employed full-time10,58262.158.78,67663.859.4+1,906
Employed part-time4,70827.627.73,37624.825.7+1,332
Employed, away from work4162.43.03702.72.8+46
Employed, hours not stated3662.12.84063.03.5-40
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)9825.87.97785.78.5+204
Looking for full-time work5303.14.44343.25.0+96
Looking for part-time work4522.73.53442.53.5+108

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

Labour force status
City of Knox - Non-English speakers20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Greater MelbourneNumber%Greater Melbourne2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)17,05463.457.713,60662.655.1+3,448
Not in the labour force9,44535.140.57,81435.942.7+1,631
Labour force status not stated3971.51.83291.52.3+68

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

Employment status, 2011
Employment status, 2011 Employed, Greater Melbourne: 92.1% Employed full-time, Greater Melbourne: 58.7% Employed part-time, Greater Melbourne: 27.7% Employed, away from work, Greater Melbourne: 3.0% Employed, hours not stated, Greater Melbourne: 2.8% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Greater Melbourne: 7.9% Looking for full-time work, Greater Melbourne: 4.4% Looking for part-time work, Greater Melbourne: 3.5% Employed, City of Knox: 94.2% Employed full-time, City of Knox: 62.1% Employed part-time, City of Knox: 27.6% Employed, away from work, City of Knox: 2.4% Employed, hours not stated, City of Knox: 2.1% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), City of Knox: 5.8% Looking for full-time work, City of Knox: 3.1% Looking for part-time work, City of Knox: 2.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in atlas.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011 Employed, City of Knox: +3,244 Employed full-time, City of Knox: +1,906 Employed part-time, City of Knox: +1,332 Employed, away from work, City of Knox: +46 Employed, hours not stated, City of Knox: -40 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), City of Knox: +204 Looking for full-time work, City of Knox: +96 Looking for part-time work, City of Knox: +108
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in atlas.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

The size of the City of Knox's non-English speaking labour force in 2011 was 17,054 persons, of which 4,708 were employed part-time and 10,582 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in the City of Knox in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a higher proportion in employment, and a lower proportion unemployed. Overall, 94.2% of the non-English speaking labour force was employed (59.8% of the population aged 15+), and 5.8% unemployed (3.7% of the population aged 15+), compared with 92.1% and 7.9% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The labour force participation rate refers to the proportion of the population over 15 years of age that was employed or actively looking for work. "The labour force is a fundamental input to domestic production. Its size and composition are therefore crucial factors in economic growth. From the viewpoint of social development, earnings from paid work are a major influence on levels of economic well-being." (Australian Social Trends 1995).

Analysis of the non-English speaking labour force participation rate of the population in the City of Knox in 2011 shows that there was a higher proportion in the labour force (63.4%) compared with Greater Melbourne (57.7%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of non-English speaking population employed in the City of Knox showed an increase of 3,244 people and the number unemployed showed an increase of 204 people. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 3,448 people, or 25.3%.