What are our occupations? (Occupation time series)
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 an area 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 Educational Qualifications and Income, Occupation is a key component of evaluating the socio-economic status and skill base of an area. 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.
The data below is based on the 1999 New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (NZCO99) for 2006 and 2001 data, and NZSO95 for 1996 data. The difference between these two standards is minimal and enables comparisons between 2006, 2001 and 1996 occupations.
|Occupation, NZCO 1999|
|Usual residence||number||%||Wellington Region %||number||%||Wellington Region %||2001 to 2006
|Legislators, administrators and managers||17,874||17.4||15.8||14,100||15.6||14.0||3,774
|Technicians and associate professionals||15,507||15.1||13.7||13,758||15.2||13.2||1,749
|Service and sales workers||13,122||12.8||13.6||11,736||13.0||13.8||1,386
|Agriculture and fishery workers||738||0.7||2.3||792||0.9||2.7||-54
|Plant and machine operators and assemblers||2,664||2.6||4.7||2,505||2.8||5.1||159
|Labourers and related elementary service workers||3,333||3.2||4.7||2,847||3.1||4.6||486
|Not elsewhere included||4,335||4.2||4.8||3,843||4.2||4.8||492
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006, 2001 and 1996.
Please refer to the specific data notes for more information.
This dataset describes the occupations of employed people. It applies only to people aged 15 and over who were employed in the week prior to Census.
The occupation classification is updated periodically to take account of emerging occupation groups and changes to the structure of the labour force.
Data for occupation in 2006 were dual-coded using the new Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), and the older NZSCO99 classification, which was valid for the 2001 Census. The 1996 Census used NZSCO95, which was broadly comparable at the major group level to NZSCO99 and is presented here.
Data are presented for the broad occupation groupings, using the NZSCO99 to allow comparisons with the 2001 and 1996 Census.
The comparability of the 2006 data with 1996 and 2001 data at the most detailed level has been affected by a problem with the automatic allocation of codes during processing. Time series analysis shows inconsistencies as a result of this problem.
An analysis of the occupations held by Wellington City in 2006 shows the three most popular occupations were:
- Professionals (27,390 people or 26.7%)
- Legislators, administrators and managers (17,874 people or 17.4%)
- Technicians and associate professionals (15,507 people or 15.1%)
In combination these three occupations accounted for 60,771 people in total or 59.2% of the employed resident population.
In comparison, 20.4% of Wellington Region's residents were employed as Professionals; 15.8% as Legislators, administrators and managers; and 13.7% as Technicians and associate professionals.
The major differences between the occupations held by Wellington City and Wellington Region residents were:
- A larger percentage of Professionals (26.7% compared to 20.4%);
- A smaller percentage of Trades workers (4.8% compared to 7.2%), and;
- A smaller percentage of Plant and machine operators and assemblers (2.6% compared to 4.7%).
The largest changes in occupation categories in Wellington City between 2001 and 2006 were:
- Professionals (+4,746 persons);
- Legislators, administrators and managers (+3,774 persons);
- Technicians and associate professionals (+1,749 persons), and;
- Service and sales workers (+1,386 persons).