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The Wellington Region

Occupation of workforce

In 2013, more of the workforce in the Wellington Region were employed as professionals than any other occupation.

Occupation is a key component for evaluating the socio-economic status of the workforce and the skills required to work in each industry sector.

The occupations of the workforce in the Wellington Region will be influenced by factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in the Wellington Region;
  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level of the workforce;
  • The economic role of the area – providing employment for people from elsewhere or mainly serving the local residents.

For a more complete workforce analysis for the Wellington Region, view Occupations in conjunction with other indicators, such as Workforce Industries, Workforce Level of Qualification and Workforce Field of Qualification, as well as the Occupations of the residents.

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'

Workforce, by place of work, regardless of residence

Workforce occupation of employment
Wellington Region20132006Change
OccupationNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2006 to 2013
Managers39,66617.619.036,31217.619.3+3,354
Professionals66,76529.621.756,96127.719.9+9,804
Technicians and trades workers20,1879.010.719,8249.611.3+363
Community and personal service workers19,1768.59.015,8377.78.2+3,339
Clerical and administrative workers30,16213.411.731,54815.312.8-1,386
Sales workers19,2308.58.619,0209.29.3+210
Machinery operators and drivers7,1163.24.67,1853.54.9-69
Labourers14,6136.511.413,8576.711.5+756
Not stated / included8,4783.83.35,4302.62.8+3,048

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

Workforce occupation of employment, 2013
Workforce occupation of employment, 2013 Managers, North Island: 19.0% Professionals, North Island: 21.7% Technicians and trades workers, North Island: 10.7% Community and personal service workers, North Island: 9.0% Clerical and administrative workers, North Island: 11.7% Sales workers, North Island: 8.6% Machinery operators and drivers, North Island: 4.6% Labourers, North Island: 11.4% Not stated / included, North Island: 3.3% Managers, Wellington Region: 17.6% Professionals, Wellington Region: 29.6% Technicians and trades workers, Wellington Region: 9.0% Community and personal service workers, Wellington Region: 8.5% Clerical and administrative workers, Wellington Region: 13.4% Sales workers, Wellington Region: 8.5% Machinery operators and drivers, Wellington Region: 3.2% Labourers, Wellington Region: 6.5% Not stated / included, Wellington Region: 3.8%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in workforce occupation of employment, 2006 to 2013
Change in workforce occupation of employment, 2006 to 2013 Managers, Wellington Region: +3,354 Professionals, Wellington Region: +9,804 Technicians and trades workers, Wellington Region: +363 Community and personal service workers, Wellington Region: +3,339 Clerical and administrative workers, Wellington Region: -1,386 Sales workers, Wellington Region: +210 Machinery operators and drivers, Wellington Region: -69 Labourers, Wellington Region: +756 Not stated / included, Wellington Region: +3,048
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 occupations were:

  • Professionals (66,765 people or 29.6%)
  • Managers (39,666 people or 17.6%)
  • Clerical and administrative workers (30,162 people or 13.4%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 136,593 people in total or 60.6% of the workforce.

In comparison, the North Island employed 21.7% in Professionals; 19.0% in Managers; and 11.7% in Clerical and administrative workers.

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

  • A larger percentage of people employed as professionals (29.6% compared to 21.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people employed as clerical and administrative workers (13.4% compared to 11.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed as labourers (6.5% compared to 11.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed as technicians and trades workers (9.0% compared to 10.7%)

Emerging groups

The workforce in the Wellington Region increased by 19,419 people between 2006 and 2013.

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

  • Professionals (+9,804 people)
  • Managers (+3,354 people)
  • Community and personal service workers (+3,339 people)
  • Clerical and administrative workers (-1,386 people)

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