Australian Bureau of Statistics
4235.0 - Learning And Work, Australia, 2010-11 Quality Declaration
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Migrants help boost Australia's skills
Migrants have boosted Australia's workforce skills, with two-thirds of all working age migrants possessing academic or trade qualifications in 2010–11, according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
This is higher than the rate for people born in Australia (66% for migrants, 56% for Australian born).
The proportion of working age migrants who were at least 15 years old when they arrived in Australia and who had already completed a degree has tripled, rising from 15% in the early 1990s to 44% in the last five years.
Overall, 59% of people aged 15–64 years in Australia had a qualification compared with 51% in 2001.
The unemployment rate in 2010-11 for people without a qualification was around double the rate for those with a qualification (7.3% compared with 3.4%).
When asked about the main impact of their highest qualification on their working life, about one-quarter (26%) said it assisted them in joining the workforce for the first time and 9% said it assisted them in getting a promotion or pay rise; however, 18% said their highest qualification had no impact.
Of the 11.2 million employed people, around half (51%) were working in a field that was relevant to their highest qualification, while 14% believed their qualification was not relevant and about a third (35%) had no qualification.
Of the 14% of employed people (1.6 million) who reported that their highest qualification was not relevant to their current job, 29% stated this was because they were no longer interested in the field of their highest qualification.
More details are in Learning and Work, Australia, 2010–11 (cat. no. 4235.0).
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This page last updated 20 February 2012