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The Wellington Region

Qualifications of workforce

In 2013, 53.5% of the workforce in the Wellington Region had a tertiary qualification, compared to 44.8% in North Island.

Qualification levels help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of workers in a particular industry.

The level of qualifications in a workforce relate to a number of factors including:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to work in an area;
  • The professional or working ambitions of people (to seek education as youth or retraining as adults);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling.

Educational Qualification statistics should be looked at in conjunction with Workforce Industries , Workforce Occupation and Workforce Field of Qualification data as well as information on the Level and Field of Qualification of residents for a full education analysis for the Wellington Region.

Derived from the Census questions:

'What is your highest secondary school qualification?', 'Apart from secondary school qualifications do you have another completed qualification?', and 'Print your highest qualification level and the main subject.'

Workforce, by place of work, regardless of residence

Workforce highest qualification achieved
Wellington Region20132006Change
Qualification levelNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2006 to 2013
Higher degree29,28913.07.520,1399.85.4+9,150
Bachelor degree48,41121.515.439,18619.012.4+9,225
Post school (excluding university)42,80119.022.041,47220.122.5+1,329
School qualification7,0473.13.69,3034.55.0-2,256
No qualification83,40937.043.784,42641.048.2-1,017
Not stated / included14,4186.47.811,4635.66.5+2,955

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

Workforce highest qualification achieved, 2013
Workforce highest qualification achieved, 2013 Higher degree, North Island: 7.5% Bachelor degree, North Island: 15.4% Post school (excluding university), North Island: 22.0% School qualification, North Island: 3.6% No qualification, North Island: 43.7% Not stated / included, North Island: 7.8% Higher degree, Wellington Region: 13.0% Bachelor degree, Wellington Region: 21.5% Post school (excluding university), Wellington Region: 19.0% School qualification, Wellington Region: 3.1% No qualification, Wellington Region: 37.0% Not stated / included, Wellington Region: 6.4%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in workforce highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2013
Change in workforce highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2013 Higher degree, Wellington Region: +9,150 Bachelor degree, Wellington Region: +9,225 Post school (excluding university), Wellington Region: +1,329 School qualification, Wellington Region: -2,256 No qualification, Wellington Region: -1,017 Not stated / included, Wellington Region: +2,955
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 qualifications of the workforce in the Wellington Region in 2013 compared to the North Island shows that there was a higher proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Higher degrees, Bachelor degrees and Post School (excluding university) qualifications), and a lower proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 56.6% of the workforce held educational qualifications, and 37.0% had no qualifications, compared with 48.5% and 43.7% respectively for the North Island.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with bachelor degrees (21.5% compared to 15.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people with higher degrees (13.0% compared to 7.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with no qualification (37.0% compared to 43.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with post school qualifications (excluding university) (19.0% compared to 22.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in the Wellington Region between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • Bachelor degree (+9,225 people)
  • Higher degree (+9,150 people)
  • School qualification (-2,256 people)
  • Post school (excluding university) (+1,329 people)
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