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ABS: Learning and Work survey

MORE Australians have a qualification in 2010-11 than in 2001. Those with a non-school qualification increased from 51% in 2001 to 59% in 2010–11. The amount of people with two or more qualifications rose from 18% in 2001 to 20% in 2011. In 2010-11 65% of employed people had a qualification, compared with 45% who were unemployed and 38% who weren’t in the labour force. The unemployment rate for people with a qualification was lower than people without a qualification, 3.4% compared with 7.3%.

In 2010-11 41% of employed people worked in the same field as their highest qualification, with a further 10% describing their highest qualification as highly relevant or relevant to their current job. People employed in the education and training industry, health care and social assistance and professional, scientific and technical services were most likely to work in a job relevant to their highest qualification.

66% of migrants aged 15-64 had a qualification, compared with 56% of those born in Australia. 32% of adult migrants received a qualification after arriving in Australia. 26% of people believed their qualification helped them joining the work force for the first time, while 21% said it helped them perform the same job to a higher standard or undertake additional duties, with 18% saying their highest qualification had no impact.

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