Monday, 25 December 2017

Keeping occupied in the Gazette area

The remaining major element of the workforce data from the 2016 Census is the occupation of people in the area.  While "industry" relates to the goods and services produced by an enterprise "occupation" covers the tasks performed by the individuals who work for the enterprise.

I'll start this by comparing Industry and Occupation in the Gazette area.  Its a bit messy and uses abbreviated titles but I hope you can work out what's going on!
Prim inds Manuf' + Utilities Const  Retail W'sale Trade Accom Food Transp + media Finan servs Public Admin Educn  Health Care  Arts etc  Inad and N/S
Man'rs 21 10 16 24 5 8 22 69 0 12 10 10
Prof''als 0 5 3 0 0 6 37 68 48 35 7 6
Trades 6 19 65 8 6 7 8 6 0 3 15 6
Services 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 20 14 27 12 0
Clerical 3 8 17 7 4 11 28 78 3 12 10 8
Sales 0 5 0 42 3 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
Oper''rs 0 3 16 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 3
Lab'rers 8 0 15 0 8 0 4 3 3 0 3 4
A key point is that most Industries employ people in a range of Occupations.  By and large the distribution of occupations within a group is as expected (eg Retail mainly employs Managers and Sales staff, while Health Care has Professionals and Service staff).

The distribution of gazette area residents across Occupation groups is shown here.
 Looking at the number of females per 100 male workers also gives some interesting numbers.  I'm not surprised that there are few female Farmers or Tradies but to have no female Machinery Operators or Drivers is a surprise.
I thought it might be interesting to compare the ratios for the Gazette area and Australia.
They are astonishingly similar.  I attribute the zero value for Machinery Operators or Drivers as a function of the small size of our area (and even for Australia the female work force is only 11 per 100 males compared with 18 for Trades and 54 for Labourers) .  We do have a slightly higher femininity ratio for  both Professionals and Managers.

While comparing the Gazette with other areas lets have a look at the % of people in Occupation Groups for the Gazette area and Queanbeyan.
It will come as no surprise that there are a higher proportion of Professionals and Managers in the Gazette area and a higher proportion of Labourers and Machine operators in Queanbeyan.  However the categories which particularly struck me were the much higher proportion of Services and Sales staff in Queanbeyan.  This clearly indicates the role of the former City as a nodal centre for the rural catchment.

The cross classification of Occupation Groups by Income Groups is pretty much as expected.
It is no surprise that more than 50% of Managers and Professionals reported incomes above $91,000 in the previous year.  At the other end of the scale it could be expected that the largest income group for Labourers and Operators etc is $26,000 to 52,000.  It was a little surprising that over 50% of Sales Workers were in the lowest income group, <$26,000.  An obvious reason for this is that the Sales Workers are all part-time workers, with 2/3 working less than 16 hours per week.  The next chart shows this (with the same information for managers included as a contrast)

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