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The Wellington Region

Occupation of employment

There were more professionals in the Wellington Region than any other occupation in 2013.

The Wellington Region's occupation statistics quantify the occupations in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This will be influenced by the economic base and employment opportunities available in the area, education levels, and the working and social aspirations of the population. When viewed with other indicators, such as Educational Qualifications and Individual Income, Occupation is a key measure for evaluating the Wellington Region's socio-economic status and skill base. 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.

Derived from the 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'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Occupation of employment
Wellington Region20132006Change
OccupationNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2006 to 2013
Managers39,26416.717.937,76416.217.3+1,500
Professionals67,31128.622.360,34825.819.7+6,963
Technicians and trades workers22,7079.610.924,86110.612.0-2,154
Community and personal service workers20,1968.68.518,2557.87.7+1,941
Clerical and administrative workers30,28212.911.733,49814.312.5-3,216
Sales workers19,8638.48.921,4869.29.4-1,623
Machinery operators and drivers7,9713.44.99,4654.15.6-1,494
Labourers15,7176.79.616,6657.110.0-948
Not stated / included12,2885.25.211,2714.85.8+1,017

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Occupation of employment, 2013
Occupation of employment, 2013 Managers, North Island: 17.9% Professionals, North Island: 22.3% Technicians and trades workers, North Island: 10.9% Community and personal service workers, North Island: 8.5% Clerical and administrative workers, North Island: 11.7% Sales workers, North Island: 8.9% Machinery operators and drivers, North Island: 4.9% Labourers, North Island: 9.6% Not stated / included, North Island: 5.2% Managers, Wellington Region: 16.7% Professionals, Wellington Region: 28.6% Technicians and trades workers, Wellington Region: 9.6% Community and personal service workers, Wellington Region: 8.6% Clerical and administrative workers, Wellington Region: 12.9% Sales workers, Wellington Region: 8.4% Machinery operators and drivers, Wellington Region: 3.4% Labourers, Wellington Region: 6.7% Not stated / included, Wellington Region: 5.2%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in occupation of employment, 2006 to 2013
Change in occupation of employment, 2006 to 2013 Managers, Wellington Region: +1,500 Professionals, Wellington Region: +6,963 Technicians and trades workers, Wellington Region: -2,154 Community and personal service workers, Wellington Region: +1,941 Clerical and administrative workers, Wellington Region: -3,216 Sales workers, Wellington Region: -1,623 Machinery operators and drivers, Wellington Region: -1,494 Labourers, Wellington Region: -948 Not stated / included, Wellington Region: +1,017
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident population in the Wellington Region in 2013 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (67,311 people or 28.6%)
  • Managers (39,264 people or 16.7%)
  • Clerical and administrative workers (30,282 people or 12.9%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 136,857 people in total or 58.1% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, the North Island employed 22.3% in Professionals; 17.9% in Managers; and 11.7% in Clerical and administrative workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of the Wellington Region and the North Island were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Professionals (28.6% compared to 22.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Labourers (6.7% compared to 9.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Machinery operators and drivers (3.4% compared to 4.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Technicians and trades workers (9.6% compared to 10.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in the Wellington Region increased by 1,986 between 2006 and 2013.

The largest changes in the occupations of residents between 2006 and 2013 in the Wellington Region were for those employed as:

  • Professionals (+6,963 persons)
  • Clerical and administrative workers (-3,216 persons)
  • Technicians and trades workers (-2,154 persons)
  • Community and personal service workers (+1,941 persons)

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