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4235.0 - Learning And Work, Australia, 2010-11 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/02/2012   
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IMPACT OF QUALIFICATION

When asked about the main impact of their highest qualification on their working life in the first six months after completion, about one quarter (26%) of people believed it assisted them in joining the work force for the first time, while 21% stated it assisted them in performing the same job to a higher standard or undertaking additional duties. Almost one-fifth (18%) of people believed their highest qualification had no impact. (Table 3)

Men were more likely than women to state that the main impact of their highest qualification was that it assisted them in performing the same job to a higher standard or undertaking additional duties (24% compared with 19%) or it assisted them in starting or expanding their own business (5.0% compared with 2.3%). Conversely, women were more likely than men to believe that their highest qualification assisted them in getting a different or permanent job (16% compared with 13%) or it had assisted them in finding a job after being out of work (7.9% compared with 5.2%). (Table 3)

People who attained their highest qualification after 2006 were more than twice as likely as those who attained their highest qualification before 1991 to believe their highest qualification had no impact on their working life in the first six months after completion (29% compared with 12%). The proportion of people who stated the main impact of their highest qualification was that it had assisted them to join the workforce for the first time was higher for people who attained their qualification before 1991 compared with people who attained their qualification after 2006 (38% compared with 12%). (Table 3)

Almost one third (30%) of people with more than one qualification stated that the main impact of their most recent qualification was that it had assisted them in performing the same job to a higher standard or undertaking additional duties, 19% stated it had assisted them in getting a different or permanent job, and 11% believed it assisted in getting a promotion or a pay rise. One in five (20%) people with more than one qualification stated their most recent qualification had no impact. (Table 5)


PERSONS AGED 15–64 YEARS WITH A QUALIFICATION, Main impact of highest qualification on working life in the first six months after completion(a)


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