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Qualifications

6,864 people in the Porirua City had a tertiary qualification in 2013.

Education Qualifications are one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Income statistics and Occupation data, Porirua City's Education Qualifications help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of an area and identify skill gaps in the labour market. Level of Educational Qualifications in a population relate to a number of factors including:

  • The age of the population (e.g. older people tend to have more vocational qualifications, while people in their twenties and thirties are more likely to have a university degree);
  • 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; and
  • Immigration policy

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.'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Highest qualification achieved
Porirua City20132006Change
Qualification levelNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
Higher degree
2,2295.79.41,3713.87.0+858
Bachelor degree
4,63511.916.03,2499.114.1+1,386
Post school (excluding university)
7,56319.418.97,62021.321.3-57
School qualification
12,62732.331.811,11231.031.1+1,515
map this data in atlas.idNo qualification7,13118.314.58,15122.818.1-1,020
Not stated / included
4,86012.49.44,30812.08.4+552

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

Highest qualification achieved, 2013
Highest qualification achieved, 2013 Higher degree, Wellington Region: 9.4% Bachelor degree, Wellington Region: 16.0% Post school (excluding university), Wellington Region: 18.9% School qualification, Wellington Region: 31.8% No qualification, Wellington Region: 14.5% Not stated / included, Wellington Region: 9.4% Higher degree, Porirua City: 5.7% Bachelor degree, Porirua City: 11.9% Post school (excluding university), Porirua City: 19.4% School qualification, Porirua City: 32.3% No qualification, Porirua City: 18.3% Not stated / included, Porirua City: 12.4%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2013
Change in highest qualification achieved, 2006 to 2013 Higher degree, Porirua City: +858 Bachelor degree, Porirua City: +1,386 Post school (excluding university), Porirua City: -57 School qualification, Porirua City: +1,515 No qualification, Porirua City: -1,020 Not stated / included, Porirua City: +552
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 population in the Porirua City in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region shows that there was a lower proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Higher degrees, Bachelor degrees and Post School (excluding university) qualifications), and a higher proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 69.3% of the population aged 15 and over held educational qualifications, and 18.3% had no qualifications, compared with 76.1% and 14.5% respectively for the Wellington Region.

The major differences between qualifications held by the population of the Porirua City and the Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of persons with No qualifications (18.3% compared to 14.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Bachelor degrees (11.9% compared to 16.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons with Higher degrees (5.7% compared to 9.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications of the population in the Porirua City between 2006 and 2013 were in those with:

  • School qualifications (+1,515 persons)
  • Bachelor degrees (+1,386 persons)
  • No qualifications (-1,020 persons)
  • Higher degrees (+858 persons)
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