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CHARACTERISTIC: STOCK OF SKILLED PEOPLE

INDICATOR: Highest non-school qualification of employed persons by occupation.


EMPLOYED PERSONS, LEVEL OF HIGHEST NON-SCHOOL QUALIFICATION(a) by Occupation: May 2004

Post-
graduate degree
Graduate diploma
/Graduate certificate
Bachelor
degree
Advanced diploma
/ Diploma
Certificate
III / IV
Certificate
I / II
Certificate
n.f.d.
Without non-school qualification
Total(b)
Occupation
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000

Managers and administrators
38.9
27.6
141.5
76.3
109.7
35.2
7.7
208.0
650.8

Professionals
220.3
188.3
842.1
232.0
95.8
39.6
9.3
192.1
1,830.1

Associate professionals
33.1
28.2
177.0
159.8
233.9
78.4
26.0
397.4
1,145.0

Tradespersons and related workers

*2.6
*4.3
30.6
50.4
656.2
52.9
19.9
378.1
1,207.1
Advanced clerical and service workers
*2.9
6.8
43.0
41.3
37.5
60.3
9.5
173.0
377.2

Intermediate clerical, sales and service workers
13.2
18.2
153.0
158.5
236.3
144.2
47.1
816.6
1,599.6

Intermediate production and transport workers
*4.8
*3.7
25.3
25.0
141.3
44.4
15.1
516.0
783.4

Elementary clerical, sales and service workers
*1.6
*4.9
57.1
47.4
80.8
68.5
18.6
653.8
937.0
Labourers and related workers
*3.1
*3.4
27.2
30.7
106.7
56.3
23.1
604.2
861.5

* estimate has a relative standard error between 25% and 50% and should be used with caution
(a) Non-school qualification refers to educational attainment other than those of primary, pre-primary or secondary education.
(b) Includes level not determined.
Source: ABS Education and Work, Australia, May 2004 (cat. no. 6227.0).


STATISTICAL NOTES

Australian Standard Classification of Education
The Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED) (cat. no. 1272.0) is a national standard classification which can be applied to all sectors of the Australian education system including schools, vocational education and training and higher education.

Employed persons
Persons aged 15-64 years who, during the reference week: worked for one hour or more for pay, profit, commission or payment in kind, in a job or business or on a farm (comprising employees, employers and own account workers); or worked for one hour or more without pay in a family business or on a farm (i.e. contributing family workers); or were employees who had a job but were not at work and were: away from work for less than four weeks up to the end of the reference week; or away from work for more than four weeks up to the end of the reference week and received pay for some or all of the four week period to the end of the reference week; or away from work as a standard work or shift arrangement; or on strike or locked out; or on workers' compensation and expected to return to their job; or were employers or own account workers who had a job, business or farm, but were not at work.

Level of Highest Non-school Qualification
Non-school qualifications are awarded for educational attainments other than those of pre-primary, primary or secondary education. They include qualifications at the Postgraduate Degree level, Master Degree level, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate level, Bachelor Degree level, Advanced Diploma and Diploma level, and Certificates I, II, III and IV levels. Non-school qualifications may be attained concurrently with school qualifications.

Occupation
From August 1996, occupation has been classified according to the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO), Second Edition 1996, (cat. no. 1220.0).

Scope
For more information refer to Explanatory Notes from ABS Education and Work, Australia, May 2004, (cat. no. 6227.0) and the Labour Force Survey.

The Labour Force Framework
The labour force is the most widely used measure of the economically active population. The term ‘labour force’ as defined in the international standards is associated with a particular approach to the measurement of employment and unemployment. Essentially this approach is the categorisation of persons according to their activities during a short reference period by using a specific set of priority rules.

The labour force framework classifies the in-scope population into three mutually exclusive categories, at a given moment in time:employed; unemployed; and not in the labour force. The employed and unemployed categories together make up the labour force which gives a measure of the number of persons contributing to, or willing to contribute to, the supply of labour at that time. The third category (not in the labour force) represents the currently inactive population.

For more information see ABS Labour Statistics: Concepts Sources and Methods, (cat. no. 6102.0 2001).



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