4235.0 - Learning And Work, Australia, 2010-11 Quality Declaration 
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QUALIFICATIONS AND THE LABOUR MARKET

In 2010–11, 8.7 million of the 14.9 million people aged 15 to 64 years had a non-school qualification. The proportion of people with a non-school qualification increased from 51% in 2001 (Survey of Education and Training (SET) 2001 (cat. no. 6278.0)) to 59% in 2010–11. The proportion of people with two or more qualifications also rose from 18% in 2001 (SET 2001) to 20% in 2011. (Table 1) [Note that all references to qualifications in this e-magazine relate to non-school qualifications].

Almost two thirds (65%) of employed people held a qualification, compared with 45% of those who were unemployed and 38% of those who were not in the labour force. (Table 1)

Women employed full-time were more likely to have a qualification than those working part-time (72% compared with 61%). Similarly, two-thirds (67%) of men employed full-time held a qualification compared with less than half (47%) of those employed part-time. (Table 1)

The unemployment rate for people with a qualification was lower than for people without a qualification (3.4% compared with 7.3%). (Table 1)