Earnings premiums by qualification level

Table 1: Median earnings premium by highest qualification for the population aged 15 years and over (compared to people with no qualification)

Note:

  1. In June 2013, the qualification question in the Household Labour Force Survey was updated, leading to improved estimates of people with school qualifications. In addition, the 'not stated' category was separated from the 'no qualification' category. The qualifications data from 2013 onwards is not directly comparable with previous years due to these changes.
Year  Hourly Earnings Premium Weekly Earnings Premium
Bachelors
or Higher
Diplomas/
Certificates 4-6
School
Qualifications
Bachelors
or Higher
Diplomas/
Certificates 4-6
School
Qualifications
Percentages Percentages   
2006 64 34 7.1 153 93 9.0
2007 63 38 7.4 160 105 7.7
2008 67 32 4.8 151 92 3.6
2009 63 26 6.3 136 104 11.2
2010 64 28 5.6 147 104 4.6
2011 61 25 4.3 146 98 9.3
2012 59 20 1.7 143 92 0.3
2013 60 29 3.5 162 94 10.0
2014 67 31 2.8 161 111 5.8
2015 63 30 2.7 157 104 7.2
2016 55 28 2.8 161 112 16.5

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