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The Wellington Region

Industry of workforce

In 2013, more of the workforce in the Wellington Region was employed in professional, scientific and technical services than any other industry.

Census employment data presents the number of persons employed in each industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Wellington Region regardless of where they live. By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see local specialist industries. By looking at how the number of jobs in each industry is changing over time, you can track how the structure of the local economy is changing.

When viewed in conjunction with Workforce Occupation, Workforce Level of Qualification and Workforce Field of Qualification, as well as the Industry of Employment of residents, this dataset can provide insights into the relationship between the economic and residential role of the area.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the main activity of (your) business or employer.'

Workforce, by place of work, regardless of residence

Workforce industry sector of employment
Wellington Region20132006Change
Industry sectorNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2006 to 2013
Agriculture, forestry and fishing6,0212.75.05,9822.95.4+39
Mining2490.10.32130.10.2+36
Manufacturing12,0515.37.515,1687.49.0-3,117
Electricity, gas, water and waste services1,8270.80.98970.40.5+930
Construction11,8025.25.610,2875.05.7+1,515
Wholesale trade7,5423.33.78,0403.94.0-498
Retail trade20,4189.19.320,2809.810.3+138
Accommodation and food services12,9005.75.710,9925.35.7+1,908
Transport, postal and warehousing7,5393.33.56,0752.93.1+1,464
Information media and telecommunications6,6573.02.26,0843.02.2+573
Financial and insurance services12,3515.54.411,5325.64.5+819
Rental, hiring and real estate services4,7042.12.35,5592.72.8-855
Professional, scientific and technical services28,70112.710.525,88112.610.3+2,820
Administrative and support services7,0413.13.17,0623.43.2-21
Public administration and safety26,87411.99.121,26410.37.9+5,610
Education and training20,3709.08.917,0708.38.2+3,300
Health care and social assistance21,3519.510.617,0768.39.2+4,275
Arts and recreation services5,3582.42.14,1762.01.9+1,182
Other services9,2764.14.29,0214.44.4+255
Not elsewhere included2,3581.01.13,3181.61.7-960

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

Workforce industry sector of employment, 2013
Workforce industry sector of employment, 2013 Agriculture, forestry and fishing, North Island: 5.0% Mining, North Island: 0.3% Manufacturing, North Island: 7.5% Electricity, gas, water and waste services, North Island: 0.9% Construction, North Island: 5.6% Wholesale trade, North Island: 3.7% Retail trade, North Island: 9.3% Accommodation and food services, North Island: 5.7% Transport, postal and warehousing, North Island: 3.5% Information media and telecommunications, North Island: 2.2% Financial and insurance services, North Island: 4.4% Rental, hiring and real estate services, North Island: 2.3% Professional, scientific and technical services, North Island: 10.5% Administrative and support services, North Island: 3.1% Public administration and safety, North Island: 9.1% Education and training, North Island: 8.9% Health care and social assistance, North Island: 10.6% Arts and recreation services, North Island: 2.1% Other services, North Island: 4.2% Agriculture, forestry and fishing, Wellington Region: 2.7% Mining, Wellington Region: 0.1% Manufacturing, Wellington Region: 5.3% Electricity, gas, water and waste services, Wellington Region: 0.8% Construction, Wellington Region: 5.2% Wholesale trade, Wellington Region: 3.3% Retail trade, Wellington Region: 9.1% Accommodation and food services, Wellington Region: 5.7% Transport, postal and warehousing, Wellington Region: 3.3% Information media and telecommunications, Wellington Region: 3.0% Financial and insurance services, Wellington Region: 5.5% Rental, hiring and real estate services, Wellington Region: 2.1% Professional, scientific and technical services, Wellington Region: 12.7% Administrative and support services, Wellington Region: 3.1% Public administration and safety, Wellington Region: 11.9% Education and training, Wellington Region: 9.0% Health care and social assistance, Wellington Region: 9.5% Arts and recreation services, Wellington Region: 2.4% Other services, Wellington Region: 4.1%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings,2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in workforce industry sector of employment, 2006 to 2013
Change in workforce industry sector of employment, 2006 to 2013 Agriculture, forestry and fishing, Wellington Region: +39 Mining, Wellington Region: +36 Manufacturing, Wellington Region: -3,117 Electricity, gas, water and waste services, Wellington Region: +930 Construction, Wellington Region: +1,515 Wholesale trade, Wellington Region: -498 Retail trade, Wellington Region: +138 Accommodation and food services, Wellington Region: +1,908 Transport, postal and warehousing, Wellington Region: +1,464 Information media and telecommunications, Wellington Region: +573 Financial and insurance services, Wellington Region: +819 Rental, hiring and real estate services, Wellington Region: -855 Professional, scientific and technical services, Wellington Region: +2,820 Administrative and support services, Wellington Region: -21 Public administration and safety, Wellington Region: +5,610 Education and training, Wellington Region: +3,300 Health care and social assistance, Wellington Region: +4,275 Arts and recreation services, Wellington Region: +1,182 Other services, Wellington Region: +255
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 workforce in the Wellington Region in 2013 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services (28,701 people or 12.7%)
  • Public administration and safety (26,874 people or 11.9%)
  • Health care and social assistance (21,351 people or 9.5%)

In combination these three industries employed 76,926 people in total or 34.1% of the workforce.

In comparison, the North Island employed 10.5% in Professional, scientific and technical services; 9.1% in Public administration and safety; and 10.6% in Health care and social assistance.

The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in the the Wellington Region and the North Island were:

  • A larger percentage of people employed in public administration and safety (11.9% compared to 9.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people employed in professional, scientific and technical services (12.7% compared to 10.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (2.7% compared to 5.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed in manufacturing (5.3% compared to 7.5%)

Emerging groups

The workforce in the Wellington Region increased by 19,413 people between 2006 and 2013.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the workforce between 2006 and 2013 in the Wellington Region were for those employed in:

  • Public administration and safety (+5,610 people)
  • Health care and social assistance (+4,275 people)
  • Education and training (+3,300 people)
  • Manufacturing (-3,117 people)

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