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Ethnicity distribution by gender in trades - Census

The chart below compares the ethnicities of men and women in the trades. In a number of sectors, particularly electrotechnology, engineering and manufacturing, women in the trades are more ethnically diverse than men.

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Methodology

The data is from the 2013 census. When using census data we can use both industry and occupation data to classify people as workers in particular sectors. Our approach is to use a combination of core industries and occupations, and compatible occupations.

If someone works in a core industry and a compatible occupation, they are classified as working in the sector. Occupations are more specific in identifying people as part of trade workforce so anyone with a core occupation is classified as working in the sector.

Use the drop-down menu on the bottom-right to choose a sector. The tables below will show the lists of core and compatible industries and occupations used to define the sector workforces from the census data.

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Women in trades

Some sectors in the trades are succeeding in attracting women into their workforce, while others are struggling.

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Snapshot of women in trades

Understanding the differences between the characteristics of women and men in the trades can provide insight into strategies to boost female participation.

Ethnicity of trades workers over time

See the ethnicity breakdown of trades workers over time

Gender Census Trades Ethnicity Women