What are our occupations? (Occupation)
Derived from the two Census questions, "In the job that you worked the most hours in, what was your occupation?" and "In that job, what tasks or duties did you spend the most time on?"
Relates only to persons aged 15 years or more.
The Occupation data identifies the occupations in which the residents of Wellington City work (this may be within the residing area or elsewhere). The occupational structure of the work force is an important indicator of the characteristics of the labour force. With other indicators, such as Qualifications and Income statistics, Occupation is a key component of evaluating the socio-economic status and skill base of Wellington City. The occupations held by a workforce are linked to a range of factors including:
- the economic base and employment opportunities available in the area;
- the educational qualification levels of the population; and
- the working and social aspirations of the population.
Occupations are classified using a combination of skill level and skill specialisation to form meaningful groups. The 2006 Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) provides the current framework for occupation classification in New Zealand. This classification provides a contemporary occupation classification system. As this is a new classification only 2006 data is available.
Time series occupation data (based on the NZCO 99 classification) is available in the tab above named Time series occupation categories.
|Occupation, 2006 ANZSCO|
|Usual residence||number||%||Wellington Region %
|Technicians and trades workers||8,634||8.4||10.6
|Community and personal service workers||7,365||7.2||7.8
|Clerical and administrative workers||14,511||14.1||14.3
|Machinery operators and drivers||2,385||2.3||4.1
|Not elsewhere included||4,329||4.2||4.8
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006.
Please refer to the specific data notes for more information.
This data describes the occupations of employed people. It applies only to people aged 15 and over who were employed in the week prior to Census.
Data for occupation are coded using the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). The occupation classification is updated periodically to take account of emerging occupation groups and changes to the structure of the labour force.
Data are presented for the broad occupation groupings. For 2006 these were coded using ANZSCO, the most recent classification. These are presented in profile.id® where no time series is required (on the first tab). For time series, the data are presented using the older ASCO 2nd edition classification, to ensure data comparability. See 'Time Series Occupation Categories'.
For more information please refer to the ANZSCO classification.
An analysis of occupation data for Wellington City residents in 2006 shows the three most popular occupations were:
- Professionals (34,764 people or 33.9%)
- Managers (17,031 people or 16.6%)
- Clerical and administrative workers (14,511 people or 14.1%)
In combination these three occupations accounted for 66,306 people in total or 64.6% of the employed resident population.
In comparison, 25.8% of Wellington Region's residents were employed as Professionals; 16.2% as Managers; and 14.3% as Clerical and administrative workers.
The major differences between the occupations held by Wellington City and Wellington Region residents were:
- A larger percentage of Professionals (33.9% compared to 25.8%), and;
- A smaller percentage of Labourers (4.6% compared to 7.1%).