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Low income households - Occupation of employment

There were more people in low income households who worked as labourers in Rockhampton than any other occupation.

Rockhampton's occupation statistics quantify the occupations in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This topic is restricted to those counted in low income households in Rockhampton, with comparisons to the total population or low income households in the benchmark area.

The occupations of low income households may be similar to or quite different to those of the total population. In many cases it may be that lower incomes are correlated with lower skilled occupations (eg. labourers), however this is not always the case and in many parts of Australia, "blue-collar" occupations earn quite high incomes (eg. mining areas). If there appears to be no correlation between low skilled occupations and low incomes, it may be that low incomes are correlated with those not in the labour force (e.g. retirees, students, discouraged jobseekers) who are not included in this topic.

To build up the complete story, please view this topic in conjunction with Age Structure, Qualifications and Employment Status.

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?'

People aged 15 years and over in low income households, counted in private dwellings

Occupation of employment
Rockhampton - Low income households20112006Change
OccupationNumber%QueenslandNumber%Queensland2006 to 2011
Managers25612.711.818613.414.8+70
Professionals1557.79.2836.08.6+72
Technicians and Trades Workers24512.212.016411.811.5+81
Community and Personal Service Workers33816.814.818913.612.9+149
Clerical and Administrative Workers1788.910.81188.59.6+60
Sales Workers23211.513.118613.412.2+46
Machinery Operators And Drivers1547.76.7735.36.1+81
Labourers44222.018.736526.320.7+77
Inadequately described/Not stated110.52.9261.93.6-15

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, Queensland: 11.8% Professionals, Queensland: 9.2% Technicians and Trades Workers, Queensland: 12.0% Community and Personal Service Workers, Queensland: 14.8% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Queensland: 10.8% Sales Workers, Queensland: 13.1% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Queensland: 6.7% Labourers, Queensland: 18.7% Inadequately described/Not stated, Queensland: 2.9% Managers, Rockhampton: 12.7% Professionals, Rockhampton: 7.7% Technicians and Trades Workers, Rockhampton: 12.2% Community and Personal Service Workers, Rockhampton: 16.8% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Rockhampton: 8.9% Sales Workers, Rockhampton: 11.5% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Rockhampton: 7.7% Labourers, Rockhampton: 22.0% Inadequately described/Not stated, Rockhampton: 0.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in occupation of employment, 2006 to 2011
Change in occupation of employment, 2006 to 2011 Managers, Rockhampton: +70 Professionals, Rockhampton: +72 Technicians and Trades Workers, Rockhampton: +81 Community and Personal Service Workers, Rockhampton: +149 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Rockhampton: +60 Sales Workers, Rockhampton: +46 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Rockhampton: +81 Labourers, Rockhampton: +77 Inadequately described/Not stated, Rockhampton: -15
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the people in low income households in Rockhampton in 2011 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Labourers (442 persons or 22.0%)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (338 persons or 16.8%)
  • Managers (256 persons or 12.7%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 1,036 people in total or 51.5% of the employed people in low income households.

In comparison, Queensland employed 18.7% in Labourers; 14.8% in Community and Personal Service Workers; and 11.8% in Managers.

The major differences between the jobs held by people in low income households of Rockhampton and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of people employed as Labourers (22.0% compared to 18.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (16.8% compared to 14.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed as Clerical and Administrative Workers (8.9% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed as Sales Workers (11.5% compared to 13.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in low income households in Rockhampton increased by 621 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the occupations of people in low income households between 2006 and 2011 in Rockhampton were for those employed as:

  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+149 persons)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+81 persons)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (+81 persons)
  • Labourers (+77 persons)

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