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The Wellington Region

Sources of household income

In 2013, wages, salary, commissions, bonuses etc was the largest source of income in the Wellington Region.

Income sources data is a useful addition to Income data as an indicator of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Household Income statistics, Educational Qualifications and Occupation data, it helps to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of the Wellington Region and differentiate between market and non-market source of income. The sources of income that a household relies on are linked to a number of factors:

  • The number and age of people in the household;
  • The type of employment undertaken by the household members.
  • The presence of students in the household; and
  • The percentage of people unemployed or on other income support benefits.

Derived from the Census question:

'Show all the ways you yourself got income in the 12 months ending today (excluding loans because they are not income)?'

Multi-response

Persons aged 15 years and over

Sources of household income
Wellington Region20132006Change
Income source - multi-responseNumber% of householdsNorth Island %Number% of householdsNorth Island %2006 to 2013
Wages, salary, commissions, bonuses etc123,92470.466.2118,39870.967.0+5,526
Self-employment or business39,96322.723.038,94023.324.4+1,023
Interest, dividends, rent, other invest56,91032.327.560,51636.231.5-3,606
Payments from a work accident insurer3,2521.82.04,2392.52.6-987
NZ superannuation or veterans pension37,65021.422.531,62018.919.7+6,030
Other super, pensions, annuities10,8216.14.511,2026.74.7-381
Sickness benefit5,7093.24.35,4393.34.0+270
Unemployment benefit8,9015.15.09,4655.75.1-564
Domestic purposes benefit7,5454.35.68,6285.26.3-1,083
Invalids benefit5,9583.43.65,5113.33.6+447
Student allowance8,3734.84.66,3453.83.5+2,028
Other govt benefits, payments or pension12,3607.07.38,9285.35.6+3,432
Other sources of income7,1194.03.37,4884.53.8-369
No source of income during that time9420.50.78010.50.7+141

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

Sources of household income - responses
Wellington Region20132006Change
Income source - totals - multi-responseNumber% of householdsNorth Island %Number% of householdsNorth Island %2006 to 2013
Not stated7,0054.04.95,4513.34.3+1,554
Total households176,133100.0100.0166,965100.0100.0+9,168
Total responding households169,12896.095.1161,51496.795.7+7,614
Total responses336,432191.0185.1322,971193.4186.7+13,461

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

Sources of household income, 2013
Sources of household income, 2013 Wages, salary, commissions, bonuses etc, North Island: 66.2% Self-employment or business, North Island: 23.0% Interest, dividends, rent, other invest, North Island: 27.5% Payments from a work accident insurer, North Island: 2.0% NZ superannuation or veterans pension, North Island: 22.5% Other super, pensions, annuities, North Island: 4.5% Sickness benefit, North Island: 4.3% Unemployment benefit, North Island: 5.0% Domestic purposes benefit, North Island: 5.6% Invalids benefit, North Island: 3.6% Student allowance, North Island: 4.6% Other govt benefits, payments or pension, North Island: 7.3% Other sources of income, North Island: 3.3% No source of income during that time, North Island: 0.7% Wages, salary, commissions, bonuses etc, Wellington Region: 70.4% Self-employment or business, Wellington Region: 22.7% Interest, dividends, rent, other invest, Wellington Region: 32.3% Payments from a work accident insurer, Wellington Region: 1.8% NZ superannuation or veterans pension, Wellington Region: 21.4% Other super, pensions, annuities, Wellington Region: 6.1% Sickness benefit, Wellington Region: 3.2% Unemployment benefit, Wellington Region: 5.1% Domestic purposes benefit, Wellington Region: 4.3% Invalids benefit, Wellington Region: 3.4% Student allowance, Wellington Region: 4.8% Other govt benefits, payments or pension, Wellington Region: 7.0% Other sources of income, Wellington Region: 4.0% No source of income during that time, Wellington Region: 0.5%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in sources of household income, 2006 to 2013
Change in sources of household income, 2006 to 2013 Wages, salary, commissions, bonuses etc, Wellington Region: +5,526 Self-employment or business, Wellington Region: +1,023 Interest, dividends, rent, other invest, Wellington Region: -3,606 Payments from a work accident insurer, Wellington Region: -987 NZ superannuation or veterans pension, Wellington Region: +6,030 Other super, pensions, annuities, Wellington Region: -381 Sickness benefit, Wellington Region: +270 Unemployment benefit, Wellington Region: -564 Domestic purposes benefit, Wellington Region: -1,083 Invalids benefit, Wellington Region: +447 Student allowance, Wellington Region: +2,028 Other govt benefits, payments or pension, Wellington Region: +3,432 Other sources of income, Wellington Region: -369 No source of income during that time, Wellington Region: +141
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the Wellington Region's income sources in 2013 compared to North Island income sources shows that there was a greater proportion of households who identified wages and salaries as an income source, a similar proportion of households who identified self employment or business as an income source, and a lesser proportion that identified government benefits as an income source.

Overall, 70.4% of households identified wages and salaries, 22.7% self employment or business, and 27.7% government benefits as an income source, compared with 66.2%, 23.0% and 30.5% for the North Island respectively.

The major differences between sources of household income of the population in the Wellington Region and North Island were:

  • A larger percentage of Interest, dividends, rent, other invest as an income source (32.3% compared to 27.5%)
  • A larger percentage of Wages, salary, commissions, bonuses etc as an income source (70.4% compared to 66.2%)
  • A larger percentage of Other super, pensions, annuities as an income source (6.1% compared to 4.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of Domestic purposes benefit as an income source (4.3% compared to 5.6%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

The largest changes in sources of household income of the population in the Wellington Region between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • NZ superannuation or veterans pension (+6,030 households)
  • Wages, salary, commissions, bonuses etc (+5,526 households)
  • Interest, dividends, rent, other invest (-3,606 households)
  • Other govt benefits, payments or pension (+3,432 households)

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